Artemis: A Novel by Andy WeirArtemis: A Novel by Andy Weir

Artemis: A Novel

byAndy Weir

Hardcover | November 14, 2017

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The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.

Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.
Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.
So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.
The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.
Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.
That’ll have to do.
Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.
ANDY WEIR built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, THE MARTIAN, allowed him to live out his dream of writing fulltime. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean c...
Title:Artemis: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.54 × 6.41 × 1.07 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from What A Romp Pure Fun - can't wait for the movie. Only complaint, too short, because I was having so much fun meeting this 'world' and the people who live there that I didn't want it to end so soon
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Lunar Thrill Ride What would you do for a million slugs? Jasmine Bashara, or Jazz, is a small time smuggler on the lunar base Artemis, working her way up to a cushy middle-class life. When a long time customer of hers offers a metric ****-ton of money to do some shady stuff, Jazz accepts. Artemis is my new go to answer when someone asks me what my favourite kind of sci-fi novel is. What really defined the book for me was the characters and their personalities. The plot was captivating and kept me engaged, but the characters really made the story. Jazz and all her acquaintances are written phenomenally, from her father, to her pen pal on Earth, to her socially inept "friend". They all had their own unique traits and attitudes that really made them interesting. I won't say much more because I don't want to spoil anything by accident, but this book is definitely a must read.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Loved this book just as much as The Martian. Very good characters and story line.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good I enjoyed but was a little disappointed as I had very high hopes for this
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well written I enjoyed Artemis however after reading The Martian I expected a bit more. Certain parts felt very rushed in this novel however I did enjoy reading it within two days. I would recommend it for sci fi lovers and if you're not looking to get terribly invested in a novel.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Exciting Adventure on the Moon This was just the kind of science fiction I crave. Jazz Bashara is a 20-something resident of the moon colony, Artemis. She isn't a scientist or an engineer, no she is a smuggler. Working as a courier between the bubbles of the colony she manages to eke out a living. Which is why she brings in some contraband to supplement her income When one of her customers, a very wealthy business man, offers her a lucrative payoff for doing a crime outside her usual realm, she takes the job. Of course, things don't go quite as planned, there would be no story if it did. For me, it's not the caper itself that drove me to turn the pages. It was the setting. Artemis is essentially a frontier town set on the Sea of Tranquility, 40 kilometers away from the Apollo 11 landing site. The colony survives on tourism (a visitor centre is built at Tranquility Base) and by producing oxygen and aluminum from the regolith. There is an aspect of Weir's previous book, The Martian, here too. When things go wrong, and lots of things do, the problems need to be solved one at a time. Sometimes fixing one thing breaks another. Which was almost comical but the stakes were too high for it be so. Solving the problems required skills, knowledge and teamwork. And ultimately the story was about people rising above their current situations. The dialogue was smart and sassy. Artemis proves that Andy Weir will be with us for a long time, writing adventures and inspiring people to work toward a bigger future.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the easiest read Very different from The Martian. Plot got better as the story went along, but very technical and scientific terms. I had to re read passages and sometimes continued without really understanding. Still a good read overall.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Definitely not the same as Martian; nevertheless, I am giving it 5 stars. It's a good book for entertainment, which is easy to read and has a captivating storyline.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! House Swap is a superb slow-burn thriller that kept me glued to the pages and on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Caroline and Francis decide to do a house swap for a quick vacation getaway, where they hope to continue to rebuild their marriage after years of ups and downs. It isn't long before Caroline realizes something is very, very wrong - the house which is otherwise oddly impersonal, is littered with reminders that seem to be aimed at her directly - dragging her back to a memory she has worked so hard to bury. This book ended up being a one-sitting read for me, as I was deeply intrigued with finding out Caroline's secret. I absolutely loved how Rebecca Fleet peeled back layers of the story with tantalizing slowness, moving from past to present, and sharing perspectives from different characters, only revealing small glimpses of the twists at a time. It hooked me in completely, as I continued to lodge my guesses as to what was coming next - and I was always wrong. I also adored the characters, as I have been drawn to books with deeply flawed characters lately, and this story scratches that itch perfectly. Every character in this book is multi-faceted with their own complex issues and secrets, and they all resonated as very human. I found myself simultaneously rooting for them and loathing them, which is a mark of an excellently crafted story for me. Overall I enjoyed this book immensely - the twists just kept coming. I look forward to sharing this book with my book club, as this will be a terrific book for discussion!
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic A heist in space, it was a great read. Jazz was super funny. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read got increasingly more interesting as the story went on felt a little like reading the martian but totally different plot... very interesting
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average In comparison to The Martian by Andy Weir, Artemis does not come close. I was disappointed in the writing, but the story line was great.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What? I didn't get some of it, but I have to give the author credit
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good science, characters need work This was another great storyline supported by science. However, I sometimes found the story hard to follow and had to make an extra effort to focus or reread to follow what was happening. Not to a frustrating extent but a notable one. The plot was well thought out but I thought the characters could be a little one dimensional. They could have used a little more fleshing out but nothing terribly upsetting. Overall, this was a fun and exciting read that clearly had a lot of thought behind it. While it's not as strong as The Martian, it's still worth reading. Recommended!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fun read Like many said, it's not as good as The Martian, but in my personal opinion that's really hard to beat. It's still a fun story with good humor and interesting science to keep anyone entertained.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Really struggled with the style of writing. It was not enjoyable.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great An interesting novel. Very different from other books I read. Predictable but I still liked some of the twists and turns.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. I know you aren't always going to write a book as good as 'the Martian' - but this was a fun space romp except the ending went on way too long. Otherwise, it was a fun casual read.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. At first I was this is awesome. Then it became boring. Got to the end gracefully, but it lost my love long before.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Predictable premise but some good twists & turns
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Andy Weir Admittedly not as great as The Martian, but if you liked it, you'll like this. It's got the same snarky humour, snappy scientific explanations, and the setting is The Moon (on purpose) rather than Mars (by accident). Have fun!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Fun Read - Solid Follow Up to the Martians Naturally we, as readers, want to compare this with Weir's breakout success The Martian, and that is only fair since I (for one) would not have been reading this book if I hadn't enjoyed the Martian so much. Overall, I didn't enjoy it as much as the Martian but I still enjoyed it a lot. I appreciate it is a very different story BUT still played to Weir's strengths of science and weaving that understanding of real science into the plot. The main character Jazz - I read that some found her annoying - but I appreciated she was a fleshed out character and felt real to me. She was from a background different than most heroes and heroines we see in Western novels and that added an extra dimension to her that added to the story. The overall story - it was enjoying. A nice caper gone wrong for the fate of the Moon. Maybe a tad over the top but fun in a blockbuster way that maybe doesn't hold up when thinking about it the next day. I read the novel in 5 days which means I was enjoying it (bad novels I find I read slowly because they are easy to put down). It speaks to Weir's strength at plotting that it never bogged down. Some of the irritations I had with this novel were the same with The Martian - the "oops! something went wrong!!" moments. Yes, of course you need those for dramatic tension but , as with the Martian, they start to happen again and again and again and it starts to feel forced at times. Jazz is such a great planner but she doesn't put her extra oxygen tanks in a backpack (a major mistake that has a ripple effect). The other one that took me out of the story after a while was "Weir learned all about welding!" There were so many detailed points about welding that after a while I was skipping over those parts because "I do not care THAT much about welding". The science I learned in the Martian was much more interesting and felt more organic to the story than "we need another welding scene!! and "Weld, Jazz, weld!!" and "Vulcan mind-weld". If this novel is made into a movie it might be titled "The Welding Planner" starring Jennifer Lopez. Okay, you get it. So yeah, there were some forced moments that took me out of the story but as I said I enjoyed the book and applaud Weir for being able to follow up his first hit with a book that was so solid. Overall, I recommend this for a fun read.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! It was overall a good read. Really entertaining and inventive however does fall a bit short of The Martian. Still would recommend to a friend.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok everyone had been telling me to pick this book up, and I had super high expectations. However, when I actually read it, I realized it was NOT worth it
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This jog through the lunar landscape will take your breath away! The moon is a tough place to grow up. Young Jazz Bashara has survived by her own set of rules for years. The hostile environment may not be the best place to make enemies. She is about to find out just how inhospitable it can be. Smuggling has become her forte but can she use her skills to help one of her wealthiest clients take control of the moon’s premiere industry. The risks are pretty high but this one job will solve all her money problems. Is she clever enough to pull it off? It seems that every time she tries something new, disaster seems to follow. And it’s not just her that could lose. Everyone and everything she knows is at risk as well. Andy Weir has hit another one off the planet. Once again he finds a way to paint a real and terrifying tale of survival in an alien environment. It always seems that technology has a way of blowing up in your face at the worst possible moment. And faced with dramatic failure, it is a simple choice. Either save the day or die trying.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing High expectation. Crappy read.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Let down... Inside the book it says Andy Weir was able to give up his career and focus on writing due to the success of The Martian... well all I can say is he shouldn't have quit his day job. This book sucks.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, fast read It wasn't as good as The Martian, but looking at it outside of the context of The Martian I thought it was a fun, quick read that would translate well to a movie. Smart and exciting. I think Andy Weir is better at writing male protagonists though---I liked all of the supporting characters much better than I liked Jazz. But overall I enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining read Start with a science fiction setting. Mix in some drama, action, humor, and some subtle romance and you've got quite an entertaining read.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing This had the potential to be so much better. I agree with the other reviews stating that Jazz came off ditzy, immature, obnoxious and that the dialogue was cringe worthy. Jazz reads like a juvenile male character and although she is of Arab descent, she might as well not be. I guess there's also the assumption that the readers are ignorant because at one point she even states, "Okay, you can stop pretending you know what a niqab is. It’s a traditional Islamic headwear that covers the lower face." She is a non-practicing Muslim, so she then proceeds to use the niqab as part of the heist and says, "Great way to wear a mask without arousing suspicion.” There's just so much cringe in this book.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Enjoyed every moment reading the book
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Let Down 2.5 Stars. The Martian was incredible, this was not so much. Very early on you could tell Weir struggled to write a female character. She was so ditzy, and her dialogue was just cringeworthy. The premise was so promising, a heist on the moon! But the execution and character development unfortunately let the book down.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I loved The Martian and was really looking forward to Artemis, but I'm left feeling a bit flat. The character Jazz was obnoxious and her immature repartee with others was repetious and annoying. There were some interesting parts to the story, and even a couple of really exciting bits, but overall Artemis was not a winner for me.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I need to re-read this, as I rushed through it the first time because I was busy, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the science, humour was lacklustre One of my favourite parts of Weir's writing is the emphasis on real science which makes this more accessible than some other sci-fi. The concept of the story is great, and I liked the diversity in the characters. The one thing that I was disappointed in was the juvenile feeling of the book - the humour fell flat and was sometimes a bit cheesy, and it felt more like a YA novel than the Martian did in some spots. The saver was the technical aspect of the heist which really felt like you were trying to figure out the solutions along with the protagonist. Overall, good read.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Great characters! I would have liked to see jazz win a bit more lol but nice story. Could be an interesting prospect for sequel.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok An imaginative page-turner
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More of a caper than a heist I'm betting you've either read or watched Andy Weir's first novel, The Martian. (Or like me - both). I was excited to see that he has a newly released book - Artemis. I was hooked by this line from the publisher..."- a heist story set on the moon." I love 'heist' novels. (And movies) But every heist tale needs to have the right protagonist. Weir has created an interesting one in Jasmine Bashara. She's bold, brilliant, irreverent, daring and is an 'ethical smuggler'. But things get bigger than just some low level smuggling for Jazz. All she has to do is the impossible - destroy four 'harvesters' - and a million slugs ($) are hers. A new space suit, an apartment with a bathroom and her debt paid off. But with every heist movie there are of course, snags. And there are some big ones in Artemis's plot. (Although on finishing the book, I do think caper would be a better descriptor than heist.) Weir's dialogue throughout the book is snappy. But, I found some of the jokes to be borderline juvenile and the sexual references fell flat for me. There are letters to and from a 'penpal' on Earth that Jazz has had since she was in school. I enjoyed the discourse between the two. But even in this personal format, we never really get a look at the 'real' Jazz - the one behind the flippancy. She does seem written for the screen almost. I did enjoy the supporting cast, especially tech wizard Svoboda. Weir has a background as a software engineer and ''devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics and the history of manned spaceflight." Without a doubt, his work benefits from this detailed knowledge. I don't read a lot of sci-fi and found I got a little bogged down with some of the details of air locks, chemicals, welding etc. Of course these details are integral to the plot, but I enjoyed the descriptions of the city and daily life on this imagined city on the moon much more. Not as good as The Martian for me, but still an entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A heist novel on the moon This was a fun novel, but not quite as gripping as Andy Weir's first book, The Martian. Like The Martian, Artemis is a simple type of story in an unconventional setting (the former: a survival story on Mars, the latter: a heist on the moon). I think what this story lacked was characters who were experts. One of the things that I loved about the Martian was the portrayal of scientists, but in Artemis, there aren't realy any
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A wonderful read, just lovely and full of detail
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing. Artemis had the humour and science that made The Martian so unique and compelling, but this story had those elements in a less... impressive way. The banter and jokes didn't come off as organic or... I don't know, genuine? as they did in Weir's previous novel with Mark Watney as the protagonist. They came across as forced instead of witty. Andy Weir CLEARLY knows his shit about science, but where it came across as interesting and accessible in The Martian, in this one it mostly flew over my head and I admittedly skim-read over it. The pacing was hit and miss. It took me longer to get invested in our main protagonist, Jazz, and there were certain aspects of the plot I liked over others. The beginning felt slow, then it got really interesting when Jazz was pulling off the heist and hitting problems, and then last part was pretty meh. I feel bad comparing it so much to The Martian, but it's hard when that book was so different and captivating. Some things I did like was the inclusion of lots of diversity among all the characters and Jazz was a snarky, smart heroine who got herself into lots of messes, but was quick-thinking and skilled enough to figure it all out. Not my favourite, but I'll definitely be looking out for Andy Weir's next book!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fun Lunar Adventure Andy Weir is rapidly becoming one of my favourite sci-fi authors. I really enjoyed THE MARTIAN, and enjoyed ARTEMIS even more. It was such a cool, unique, and fun story from start to finish. I can't get over how awesome this alternate reality was: what it would hypothetically be like to live on a lunar colony, and how incredibly dangerous it would be. As with THE MARTIAN, it was clear that Weir did his research, which allowed me to learn new things and immerse me further into the story. The plot itself was really engaging and took some great twists. Jazz is a great character. She's intelligent and strong, though she also acts the way a human being would act. Not to mention her sense of humour is spot on. All the humour was fantastic, to be honest. I had high expectations for this novel and am happy to report they were met and exceeded. It's a little pricy for its length (I paid around $30CAD), so see if you're on a budget, see if you can snag it when it's on sale or for the holidays. I promise it's worth it. This was yet another one of the funnest books I've read all year, and I can't wait to see what Weir comes up with next!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read Very interesting, the lay out of his penmanship exceeds expectation for characters in the advance stages of modern human life.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Great book, the introduction of some characters and the setting was fantastic and I enjoy the way it's been written out in the book
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok a very good read.interesting storyline
Date published: 2017-10-23

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Chapter 1I bounded over the gray, dusty terrain toward the huge dome of Conrad Bubble. Its airlock, ringed with red lights, stood distressingly far away.It’s hard to run with a hundred kilograms of gear on--even in lunar gravity. But you’d be amazed how fast you can hustle when your life is on the line.Bob ran beside me. His voice came over the radio: “Let me connect my tanks to your suit!”“That’ll just get you killed too.”“The leak’s huge,” he huffed. “I can see the gas escaping your tanks.”“Thanks for the pep talk.”“I’m the EVA master here,” Bob said. “Stop right now and let me cross-connect!”“Negative.” I kept running. “There was a pop right before the leak alarm. Metal fatigue. Got to be the valve assembly. If you cross-connect you’ll puncture your line on a jagged edge.” “I’m willing to take that risk!”“I’m not willing to let you,” I said. “Trust me on this, Bob. I know metal.”I switched to long, even hops. It felt like slow motion, but it was the best way to move with all that weight. My helmet’s heads-up display said the airlock was fifty-two meters away. I glanced at my arm readouts. My oxygen reserve plummeted while I watched. So I stopped watching. The long strides paid off. I was really hauling ass now. I even left Bob behind, and he’s the most skilled EVA master on the moon. That’s the trick: Add more forward momentum every time you touch the ground. But that also means each hop is a tricky affair. If you screw up, you’ll face-plant and slide along the ground. EVA suits are tough, but it’s best not to grind them against regolith. “You’re going too fast! If you trip you could crack your faceplate!”“Better than sucking vacuum,” I said. “I’ve got maybe ten seconds.”“I’m way behind you,” he said. “Don’t wait for me.”I only realized how fast I was going when the triangular plates of Conrad filled my view. They were growing very quickly.“Shit!” No time to slow down. I made one final leap and added a forward roll. I timed it just right--more out of luck than skill--and hit the wall with my feet. Okay, Bob was right. I’d been going way too fast. I hit the ground, scrambled to my feet, and clawed at the hatch crank. My ears popped. Alarms blared in my helmet. The tank was on its last legs--it couldn’t counteract the leak anymore.I pushed the hatch open and fell inside. I gasped for breath and my vision blurred. I kicked the hatch closed, reached up to the emergency tank, and yanked out the pin.The top of the tank flew off and air flooded into the compartment. It came out so fast, half of it liquefied into fog particles from the cooling that comes with rapid expansion. I fell to the ground, barely conscious.I panted in my suit and suppressed the urge to puke. That was way the hell more exertion than I’m built for. An oxygen-deprivation headache took root. It’d be with me for a few hours, at least. I’d managed to get altitude sickness on the moon.The hiss died to a trickle, then finished.Bob finally made it to the hatch. I saw him peek in through the small round window.“Status?” he radioed.“Conscious,” I wheezed.“Can you stand? Or should I call for an assist?”Bob couldn’t come in without killing me--I was lying in the airlock with a bad suit. But any of the two thousand people inside the city could open the airlock from the other side and drag me in.“No need.” I got to my hands and knees, then to my feet. I steadied myself against the control panel and initiated the cleanse. High-pressure air jets blasted me from all angles. Gray lunar dust swirled in the airlock and got pulled into filtered vents along the wall. After the cleanse, the inner hatch door opened automatically.I stepped into the antechamber, resealed the inner hatch, and plopped down on a bench.Bob cycled through the airlock the normal way--no dramatic emergency tank (which now had to be replaced, by the way). Just the normal pumps-and-valves method. After his cleanse cycle, he joined me in the antechamber.I wordlessly helped Bob out of his helmet and gloves. You should never make someone de-suit themselves. Sure, it’s doable, but it’s a pain in the ass. There’s a tradition to these things. He returned the favor.“Well, that sucked,” I said as he lifted my helmet off.“You almost died.” He stepped out of his suit. “You should have listened to my instructions.”I wriggled out of my suit and looked at the back. I pointed to a jagged piece of metal that was once a valve. “Blown valve. Just like I said. Metal fatigue.”He peered at the valve and nodded. “Okay. You were right to refuse cross-connection. Well done. But this still shouldn’t have happened. Where the hell did you get that suit?”“I bought it used.”“Why would you buy a used suit?”“Because I couldn’t afford a new one. I barely had enough money for a used one and you assholes won’t let me join the guild until I own a suit.” “You should have saved up for a new one.” Bob Lewis is a former US Marine with a no-bullshit attitude. More important, he’s the EVA Guild’s head trainer. He answers to the guild master, but Bob and Bob alone determines your suitability to become a member. And if you aren’t a member, you aren’t allowed to do solo EVAs or lead groups of tourists on the surface. That’s how guilds work. Dicks.“So? How’d I do?”He snorted. “Are you kidding me? You failed the exam, Jazz. You super-duper failed.”“Why?!” I demanded. “I did all the required maneuvers, accomplished all the tasks, and finished the obstacle course in under seven minutes. And, when a near-fatal problem occurred, I kept from endangering my partner and got safely back to town.”He opened a locker and stacked his gloves and helmet inside. “Your suit is your responsibility. It failed. That means you failed.”“How can you blame me for that leak?! Everything was fine when we headed out!”“This is a results-oriented profession. The moon’s a mean old bitch. She doesn’t care why your suit fails. She just kills you when it does. You should have inspected your gear better.” He hung the rest of his suit on its custom rack in the locker.“Come on, Bob!”“Jazz, you almost died out there. How can I possibly give you a pass?” He closed the locker and started to leave. “You can retake the test in six months.”I blocked his path. “That’s so ridiculous! Why do I have to put my life on hold because of some arbitrary guild rule?”“Pay more attention to equipment inspection.” He stepped around me and out of the antechamber. “And pay full price when you get that leak fixed.”I watched him go, then slumped onto the bench.“Fuck.”  I plodded through the maze of aluminum corridors to my home. At least it wasn’t a long walk. The whole city is only half a kilometer across.I live in Artemis, the first (and so far, only) city on the moon. It’s made of five huge spheres called “bubbles.” They’re half underground, so Artemis looks exactly like old sci-fi books said a moon city should look: a bunch of domes. You just can’t see the parts that are belowground.Armstrong Bubble sits in the middle, surrounded by Aldrin, Conrad, Bean, and Shepard. The bubbles each connect to their neighbors via tunnels. I remember making a model of Artemis as an assignment in elementary school. Pretty simple: just some balls and sticks. It took ten minutes.It’s pricey to get here and expensive as hell to live here. But a city can’t just be rich tourists and eccentric billionaires. It needs working-class people too. You don’t expect J. Worthalot Richbastard III to clean his own toilet, do you?I’m one of the little people.I live in Conrad Down 15, a grungy area fifteen floors underground in Conrad Bubble. If my neighborhood were wine, connoisseurs would describe it as “shitty, with overtones of failure and poor life decisions.”I walked down the row of closely spaced square doors until I got to my own. Mine was a “lower” bunk, at least. Easier to get into and out of. I waved my Gizmo across the lock and the door clicked open. I crawled in and closed it behind me.I lay in the bunk and stared at the ceiling--which was less than a meter from my face.Technically, it’s a “capsule domicile” but everyone calls them coffins. It’s just an enclosed bunk with a door I can lock. There’s only one use for a coffin: sleep. Well, okay, there’s another use (which also involves being horizontal), but you get my point.I have a bed and a shelf. That’s it. There’s a communal bathroom down the hall and public showers a few blocks away. My coffin isn’t going to be featured in Better Homes and Moonscapes anytime soon, but it’s all I can afford.I checked my Gizmo for the time. “Craaaap.”No time to brood. The KSC freighter was landing that afternoon and I’d have work to do.To be clear: The sun doesn’t define “afternoon” for us. We only get a “noon” every twenty-eight Earth days and we can’t see it anyway. Each bubble has two six-centimeter-thick hulls with a meter of crushed rock between them. You could shoot a howitzer at the city and it still wouldn’t leak. Sunlight definitely can’t get in.So what do we use for time of day? Kenya Time. It was afternoon in Nairobi, so it was afternoon in Artemis.I was sweaty and gross from my near-death EVA. There was no time to shower, but I could change, at least. I lay flat, stripped off my EVA coolant-wear, and pulled on my blue jumpsuit. I fastened the belt then sat up, cross-legged, and put my hair in a ponytail. Then I grabbed my Gizmo and headed out.We don’t have streets in Artemis. We have hallways. It costs a lot of money to make real estate on the moon and they sure as hell aren’t going to waste it on roads. You can have an electric cart or scooter if you want, but the hallways are designed for foot traffic. It’s only one-sixth Earth’s gravity. Walking doesn’t take much energy.The shittier the neighborhood, the narrower the halls. Conrad Down’s halls are positively claustrophobic. They’re just wide enough for two people to pass each other by turning sideways.I wound through the corridors toward the center of Down 15. None of the elevators were nearby, so I bounded up the stairs three at a time. Stairwells in the core are just like stairwells on Earth--short little twenty-one-centimeter-high steps. It makes the tourists more comfortable. In areas that don’t get tourists, stairs are each a half meter high. That’s lunar gravity for you. Anyway, I hopped up the tourist stairs until I reached ground level. Walking up fifteen floors of stairwell probably sounds horrible, but it’s not that big a deal here. I wasn’t even winded.Ground level is where all the tunnels connecting to other bubbles come in. Naturally, all the shops, boutiques, and other tourist traps want to be there to take advantage of the foot traffic. In Conrad, that mostly meant restaurants selling Gunk to tourists who can’t afford real food. A small crowd funneled into the Aldrin Connector. It’s the only way to get from Conrad to Aldrin (other than going the long way around through Armstrong), so it’s a major thoroughfare. I passed by the huge circular plug door on my way in. If the tunnel breached, the escaping air from Conrad would force that door closed. Everyone in Conrad would be saved. If you were in the tunnel at the time . . . well, it sucks to be you.“Well, if it isn’t Jazz Bashara!” said a nearby asshole. He acted like we were friends. We weren’t friends. “Dale,” I said. I kept walking.He hurried to catch up. “Must be a cargo ship coming in. Nothing else gets your lazy ass in uniform.”“Hey, remember that time I gave a shit about what you have to say? Oh wait, my mistake. That never happened.”“I hear you failed the EVA exam today.” He tsked in mock disappointment. “Tough break. I passed on my first try, but we can’t all be me, can we?”“Fuck off.”“Yeah, I got to tell you, tourists pay good money to go outside. Hell, I’m headed to the Visitor Center right now to give some tours. I’ll be raking it in.”“Make sure to hop on the really sharp rocks while you’re out there.”“Nah,” he said. “People who passed the exam know better than to do that.”“It was just a lark,” I said nonchalantly. “It’s not like EVA work is a real job.”“Yeah, you’re right. Someday I hope to be a delivery girl like you.”“Porter,” I grumbled. “The term is ‘porter.’ ”He smirked in a very punchable way. Thankfully we’d made it to Aldrin Bubble. I shouldered past him and out of the connector. Aldrin’s plug door stood vigil, just as Conrad’s did. I hurried ahead and took a sharp right just to get out of Dale’s line of sight.Aldrin is the opposite of Conrad in every respect. Conrad’s full of plumbers, glass blowers, metalworkers, welding shops, repair shops . . . the list goes on. But Aldrin is truly a resort. It has hotels, casinos, whorehouses, theaters, and even an honest-to-God park with real grass. Wealthy tourists from all over Earth come for two-week stays. I passed through the Arcade. It wasn’t the fastest route to where I was going, but I liked the view.New York has Fifth Avenue, London has Bond Street, and Artemis has the Arcade. The stores don’t bother to list prices. If you have to ask, you can’t afford it. The Ritz-Carlton Artemis occupies an entire block and extends five floors up and another five down. A single night there costs 12,000 slugs--more than I make in a month as a porter (though I have other sources of income).Despite the costs of a lunar vacation, demand always exceeds supply. Middle-class Earthers can afford it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience with suitable financing. They stay at crappier hotels in crappier bubbles like Conrad. But wealthy folks make annual trips and stay in nice hotels. And my, oh my, do they shop.More than anywhere else, Aldrin is where money enters Artemis.There was nothing in the shopping district I could afford. But someday, I’d have enough to belong there. That was my plan, anyway. I took one more long look, then turned away and headed to the Port of Entry.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Artemis:“An action-packed techno-thriller of the first order…the perfect vehicle for humans who want to escape, if only for a time, the severe gravity of planet earth. The pages fly by.”—USA Today   “Revitalizes the Lunar-colony scenario, with the author’s characteristic blend of engineering know-how and survival suspense...Jazz is a great heroine, tough with a soft core, crooked with inner honesty.”—Wall Street Journal   “Smart and sharp…Weir has done it again [with] a sci-fi crowd pleaser made for the big screen.”— “Makes cutting-edge science sexy and relevant…Weir has created a realistic and fascinating future society, and every detail feels authentic and scientifically sound.” —Associated Press   “Out-of-this-world storytelling.”—Houston Chronicle "Weir excels when it comes to geeky references, snarky humour and scenes of ingenious scientific problem-solving.” —Financial Times    “Weir has done the impossible—he’s topped The Martian with a sci-fi-noir-thriller set in a city on the moon. What more do you want from life? Go read it!”– Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter   “Everything you could hope for in a follow-up to The Martian: another smart, fun, fast-paced adventure that you won’t be able to put down.” – Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One “A superior near-future thriller…with a healthy dose of humor.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)   “An exciting, whip-smart, funny thrill-ride…one of the best science fiction novels of the year.” —Booklist (starred review)   “Narrated by a kick-ass leading lady, this thriller has it all – a smart plot, laugh-out-loud funny moments, and really cool science.” —Library Journal (starred review)   Praise for The Martian: “Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years.” —Wall Street Journal “A gripping survival story.” —New York Times “Terrific…a crackling good read.”—USA Today   “A marvel…Robinson Crusoe in a space suit.”—Washington Post “Impressively geeky…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up.” —Entertainment Weekly “A story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure.” —Associated Press “Utterly nail-baiting and memorable.”—Financial Times “A hugely entertaining novel that reads like a rocket ship afire.”—Chicago Tribune