Artemis

Overall Book Count: 4/80
PopSugar Reading Challenge: 4/50
Prompt: A book set in space

If you think vacationing on the moon is expensive, you don’t want to know what it costs to live in Shepard Bubble.

I honestly wanted to love this more than I actually did. I was a fan of Weir’s The Martian (later made into a excellent movie starring Matt Damon) so I had high hopes for this book. It let me down. Sure, it has an interesting world. It has some semblance of a captivating plot. However…

I simply hated the way he wrote the main character. It is not a word I use lightly. Our heroine, Jazz, is a 26 year old living in a colony on the moon. So, in fairness, perhaps the lunar gravity affects her inner-dialogue; she is written like a teenage girl, and not in a positive way either. Her first-person narration feels like a cliche, more than a real person with real world feelings and emotions.

“Goddammit!” I yelled to him. “Will you stop whining about your problems during my murder?!”

I’m sorry, but writing like that feels … wrong. Childish in a way. Not only is it unnecessary, it takes you away from being sucked into the narrative. I openly shook my head throughout the course of this novel. I believe I finished it out of spite and wanting to complete it.

Not something I can recommend.

Overall rating: 1.5/5

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