Artemis: The Taste of Science and the Tinge of Drama Penned by Andy Weir
Following up on the success of his first book ‘The Martian’ which sold over five million copies gave an urge to the author ‘Andy Weir’ to write his second book on the same niche. ‘The Martian’ truly provides a nail-biting experience to the readers. It revolves around the story of an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and how he uses his scientific knowledge to stay alive until the rescue that takes two years to reach him.
In his new book, ‘Artemis’ Weir has taken it to yet another level of chaos and tussle staged on the Moon city of Artemis. Drawing a parallel from the common human life sufferings like poverty, a reclusive father, and then guiding his character to the hallways of the criminal empire, he ensured the correlation of story to the scripts of world cinemas.
For many, it came off as a surprise to unravel the heist inbound complexities in science fiction. Jazz, as portrayed, is a mid-aged woman, had a falling out from her father, works as a porter, and aids contraband smuggling. Jazz one day falls in with a wealthy businessman who hires her to sabotage another empire dealing in rich aluminum. The lucrative job, higher rewards, and a chance to repay her debts strong-armed her into taking the job and seeing it through.
The story continues to swirl deeper into the sabotage game and the discovery of criminal ownership. Jazz learns that the only way to protect her precious moon city from falling into the hands of criminals was to sabotage their entire work. As development follows Jazz also discovers the rare and high-grade optic fiber and then decides to take help from her father to finish the mission.
It has been influentially imparted that only rich and eccentric money could bring you good life even on the moon. Jazz falling into acute debt due to extreme poverty had to opt for smuggling and aiding contraband to meet her two square meal. Suddenly she learns that it’s not even her territory anymore. She has traveled to the remotest areas and every next scene makes it riskier for her survival than the previous development.
The book boasts of some really powerful women characters, yet the reader may find that the protagonist Jazz herself has been subject to the notion of Female specularity. In a room full of people she is eyed as the one with boobs and this might impact the reader to shift negative while remarking it.
The author’s unattended lust to just point out everything, explain everything, never let a detail go is a commendable habit. Any normal reader would definitely fall for Weir’s ability to describe and imbibe details into the character plot as if all things mattered. Following subsequent developments, the book at times allows room for the reader to escape into the reel and feel through the protagonist’s eyes. His eye for details is duly noted and highly appreciated.
Although the science weaved into the breath of the book is fascinating and at times revealing it is more saddening to comprehend that future is also biased to women, especially to those of color.
The Odd Things
The unusual subscription to the earth’s version of life and the entirety of it being transported and visualized on other planets comes off as a surprise. Inspirational and attractive in many ways, the story doesn’t leave the reader unattended and divulges an air of curiosity here and there.
The author’s idea of adhering to the complexities of character, especially the nature of the Protagonist revealed in the subsequent unfolding of the story might come off odd for many yet the encapsulating effects it has on the general reader is beyond comment.
The story moves fast so fast that it demands centum on the concentration scale to keep track However, what good can the story do if it allows its readers to drift off periodically. At first instance, it played like any other science fiction would do. The story unveiling the life of Jazz, her past, the ties with the earth, her efforts to strike a balance in her life, to make amends with her father it all goes smooth. However, the interventions, the debilitated methods to sew in facts hindered the reading pace at almost every nook and corner.
Andy Weir is denuded of sophistication but he has insanely entangled the science into both of his books. The self-made author has delivered a classic astronomy piece to be remembered. His idea of life in Moon, the similarities in day to day chores and institutionally bridging the lives on Earth and Moon has left many bewildered.
Andy Weir’s artistry to infuse profound entertainment into the intricacies of science and its benevolent space opera is highly commendable.
He is so apt with his words that though Artemis is unlevelled with his former renditions the book has lured in even the average science admirer.
His devotion to being a space nerd is the fuel and would be for many more books and stories oozing space odyssey. Light words to say but the book is a hard touch of science and soft sewn human relations canvassing the struggles of life on a fictional planet.