Rating: 5 of 5 stars
I admit to worrying that he wouldn’t be able to keep up the quality from The Martian, and this is definitely a very different kind of tale from that, being half a heist novel but otherwise just a great adventure, but he pulls it off. Better than pulling it off, even. I love his characters and the feel of the moon city, Artemis, is vital and detailed.
But you know what the best part is?
I was thoroughly entertained during the entire read. The pacing is great, the reveals believable, the twists unexpected, and the action, delightful. I really couldn’t ask for more when it comes to fun science fiction.
The moon is a great place to have an adventure. There’s always the threat of being deported to Earth, the expensive living arrangements, and the law if you’re a smuggler, which Jazz is, but there’s always suit and engineering and environmental problems to worry about, too. And never forget greed and cupidity and the need to balance being a good person against a ton of intrigue. That’s what we’ve got going on, here, and it’s a real treat every step of the way.
No spoilers, but I can easily say that I had a great time reading it from the first to the last page. Nothing could have pleased me more. The read is solid as hell.
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