In Artemis, Andy Weir showcases the same combination of space, suspense, science and humor that made his first novel, The Martian, such a big hit. The setting this time is Artemis, the first colony on the moon, in the near future.

Jasmine Bashara--Jazz to her friends--moved to the moon with her father at age six. She now works as a porter, but that barely pays the rent on her tiny bunk (a "coffin" in the local parlance). Jazz really makes her living as a smuggler, though she wishes she could earn extra money faster so she could pay back her father and rent a decent place to live.

Even though Jazz is strictly a small-time criminal, she agrees to take on a job that is way beyond the law because the expected payoff is the answer to her dreams. Her initial misgivings grow as she comes to realize there is far more to this job (and the story behind it) than meets the eye.

Jazz is drawn deeper and deeper into a criminal world she didn't even know existed. Through Jazz, Weir details the intricate science behind pulling off a crime in a vacuum and in low gravity. As the tension continues to build, Jazz cracks jokes to keep from completely losing it. The result is a moon-set caper that's witty, taut and a whole lot of fun. --Suzan L. Jackson, freelance writer and author of Book by Book blog

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