Thursday, 30 November 2017

Review - Artemis by Andy Weir

Title: Artemis
Author: Andy Weir
Pages: 320
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Release Date:  14th November 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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 Jazz's 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 more unlikely than the first.


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and NetGalley*

Jasmine "Jazz" Bashara is a smuggler on the Moon city Artemis.
Jazz's job as a porter makes it easy for her to smuggle contraband for the residents of Artemis. When she's offered an opportunity to make a lot of money by committing a crime, Jazz accepts.
But things soon become more complicated and Jazz finds herself in a deadly situation.

I LOVED The Martian so I was really excited to hear that Andy Weir had a new book coming out that was set on the Moon. The Moon!
Unfortunately, I have mixed feelings about Artemis and am disappointed.
Oh, Jazz. I so wanted to like you, but I'm not sure I do. It felt to me that Jazz was meant to be a female version of Mark Watney (the protagonist in The Martian). But unlike Watney, I didn't find Jazz funny and I didn't like her anywhere near as much as I liked Watney.
The plot was okay. There was some action and interesting science, but it didn't grip me and I was a little bored at times.

Unfortunately, Artemis left me feeling disappointed and underwhelmed.


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway - Here Skies Surround Us (Dome 1618 #2) by Melanie McFarlane

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Here Skies Surround Us (Dome 1618 #2) by Melanie McFarlane
Publication Date:  November 21, 2017
Publisher:  Month9Books

Nat leaves her home, Dome 168, just as they begin to colonize on the outside. She travels with Evan to his home, Dome 569, to deliver a replica of the immune serum and allow Evan to report back to his mother, Caroline. But when they arrive, members of the “New Order” take them into custody and Nat and Evan are separated, once again.

Thankfully she is reunited with her uncle, Alec, who takes Nat under his protection. But Nat has a lot to learn about Evan’s home, a progressive dome that colonized on the outside over a decade ago. There are many rules in Dome 569 put in place by Caroline; some that come with sharp and sometimes deadly consequences when broken. Here, Nat learns of the struggles that can come with change, and how tearing down the old ways doesn’t always make things better overall. In the process, she uncovers truths that could tear down the kingdom Caroline has sacrificed to protect, and in turn puts Nat at risk.

Will Nat be able to protect Evan from the lies, or will he succumb to them for the sake of his family, just as his mother did many years before? As Nat uncovers the secrets of Dome 569, will she be willing to give up her morals and values to pay the price for freedom, or die fighting for what she believes in?

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About the Author


Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her YA debut There Once Were Stars, and her YA urban fantasy Summoner Rising.

She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.

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