When they announce that Andy Weir would release a new book this year, I HAD TO REQUEST A COPY FROM MY PUBLISHER ❤ I greatly enjoyed The Martian, as you can see in this review, so I was looking forward to this book.
Jazz Bashara, is a “porter”, another word for a criminal who smuggles contrabands in town. When one of her employers offers her the ultimate job with a millions on the line, she couldn’t refuse. Even if she has to do the impossible and probably tackles one of the biggest cartel and criminal organization coming from Earth . Sounds cool? Yeah, did I mention that this all happen ON THE MOON?
The premise is solid and very interesting. Andy Weir wanted to create a scifi YA vibe with a heist on the moon and it’s great. He has given a tight explanation on the importance of that heist and what would that means to the main character.
The dialogue is hilarious. I think that has always been Andy Weir tour de force, is he he is not afraid to get real and give us the everyday conversation.
I clicked the trigger and the blowtorch flamed to life. I held it out at arm’s length toward the approaching [guy who’s holding a knife]. ” Which part of your face you want crème bruléed, asshole?”
Jin Chu covered his face and cried. “And I’m going to get fired too!”
“Goddamnit it!” I yelled to him. “Will you stop whining about your problems during my murder?!”
I CAN TOTALLY IMAGINE MYSELF SAYING THAT IN A PANIC LOL
The characters are diverse and unique. Jazz’s family is from Saudi Arabia and her father is one of the greatest man I’ve ever met in book. Stay true to his values, family comes first but is tough and hard on Jazz when he needs to. Reminds me a lot of my father to be honest. Jazz’s personality is witty, smart and people keep repeating that she had a lot of potential, can become something greater than just a criminal. I love how the author introduce us slowly to everybody until he reunites them altogether for a big “coup”.
Love the LAST PAGE of the book, it implied MAYBE a sequel and I was excited because all the things they did in this novel looks like it just the beginning of a new era for the next one.
Then, why the hell did you rate it 3,7 / 5?
This point here is tricky because I like Andy Weir for the science (like in the Martian) and I also don’t like him writing about it for another reason.
If you are not into hard science theories and ramblings, this might be one of the weak points of the novel.
Believe me, I love hard science novels like The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin. The difference between the two books is, Andy Weir brushed the surface of science by confusing us with technical terms while Cixin had an efficient use of words and go straight to the point so the reader can get the image. While Andy Weir has tried VERY HARD to vulgarize it, there are still some parts of me that went. WHAT WAIT. What was that about?! I had to reread-3-4 times the paragraph to get an image in my head.
And the opposite bothers me too. Having a science background, when an author decides to go full-science-mode I expect it to be at least, proper facts.
“I cranked the acetylene valve, set the touch mixture to ignition mode,and-
It didn’t start. I tried again.Nothing. Not even sparks. […]
Flint and steel won’t work in a vaccum. “
Unfortunately for Andy Weir, I happen to remember a lot of my chemistry classes and when flint strikes the steel, THERE ARE SPARKS. But tiny ones. It is caused by the heat from friction. Since it is is concentrated and focused on one small spot, the point of contact where the tiny steel fragment is heated until glowing an broken off. The vacuum is absent of oxygen so it won’t support the continued combustion and the spark goes off.
This science is the main reason why I removed 1,3 star, because it kind of ruined my reading. Imagine you are following a super fast-paced action scene and the scene just stops to describe you the physics behind it and then you find out, the physics are not even correct.
Thank you to Penguin Random House for giving me an advanced copy in exchange for a review!
Artemis just released today, people!
P.S: If you have reviewed Artemis too, feel free to link me to your post so I can check it out 😀
P.P.S: It’s a record that I review back to back 3 posts in a row so I might take little hiatus until.. Friday 😉 #time to rest a bit