Can't wait to read Artemis? Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming second book from The Martian author Andy Weir. For starters, it's all about a heist, set on the moon...
10 things you need to know about Artemis
1. Artemis is the second novel by Andy Weir. Like The Martian, the book is undated but set roughly seventy years in the future.
2. This time we’re on the moon. The title Artemis refers to the name of the first lunar city, population 2,000.
3. As in any city, there’s dirty politics and an underclass of workers, criminals and chancers.
4. You might be surprised by who is winning the space race…
5. The moon has 1/6th of the Earth’s gravity. Which means that on the moon anyone can run faster, jump higher.. it's basically like being a superhero.
6. Duct tape is back! But no potatoes. There is gunk though…
7. Gunk is a food substance derived from algae and grown in vats. It’s made palatable (barely) by flavourings. It’s what most average people eat in Artemis. (Unless you’re rich and can afford to import those potatoes).
8. The main character is Jazz Bashara. She’s a young criminal - witty, awesome and every bit as memorable as Mark Watney.
9. Artemis is a standalone novel. It doesn’t feature Mark Watney - though we do wonder what would happen if Mark met Jazz in the future...
10. The plot, official cover artwork and news about book signings and competitions will all be revealed over the coming months via Andy’s Facebook Page.
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Jazz Bashara is a criminal.
Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of Jazz's problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even more unlikely than the first.