In case you don’t know, The Martian by Andy Weir is one of my favourite books of all time. When I found out that the author was releasing a second book called Artemis, this time set on the moon, I was EXCITED. More space nerdiness to add to my bookshelf!
I had tremendously high hopes for Artemis. Did I love it as much as The Martian? I don’t think so (but it’s hard to live up to when it’s one of my favourite books ever). Was it a worthy second book that blew my expectations out the water? YES. I loved it!
WELCOME TO ARTEMIS. The first city on the moon.
Population 2,000. Mostly tourists.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough.
So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…
I’ll dive straight in: The Martian is one of my favourite books of all time. I love everything about it.
I went to see the film adaptation of The Martian in the cinema, kind of on a whim. My sister and I went because there was nothing much on, and my friends said it was great. Oh, how glad I am that I went to see it! I loved the film – every second of it – and I bought the book a couple of weeks later. I can’t believe how obsessed I am with it!
A mission to Mars. A freak accident. One man’s struggle to survive.
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.
But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.
It’s not often I dislike a book character; they have to do something really awful or just generally be a horrible person for me to dislike them. Otherwise, I’ll just not have a very strong opinion about them. This means that for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, I really had to rack my brains to think of some truly unlikable characters. There are a couple of minor characters, some protagonists, and one that is maybe a bit controversial (please don’t hurt me). I’ll start with the more minor characters and work up to the major ones…
In my 25 bookish facts about me, I admitted that that I have an awful habit of judging a book by its cover. If a cover is unattractive to me, it’s likely that I won’t pick it up – but if a cover it pretty, I will instantly want to read the blurb. This probably means that I’m missing out on some great books just because the covers don’t look very nice. However, in this post I’m going to share some of my favourite book covers and explain what it was about them that enticed me to read them.