by Andy Weir (2017)
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 her 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 riskier than the first.
I heard an interview with Andy Weir before reading this book. He explained how much work he did on world building the habitat on the moon. As a result there is a lot of science, engineering and especially chemistry involved. This comes through as it gives a realism to the story and environment without any info-dumps.
I like the story, especially as it’s first person with an unreliable narrator. Once the premise of the story was set up, it seems logical how things would work out. But halfway through things took a turn, leading to an unexpected ending. However I’m not sure I buy the postscript.
A good read for fans of his previous book ‘The Martian’.