Published by Crown Books on November 14th 2017
Genre: Science Fiction
Challenge Theme: A book involving a heist
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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.
As a reader you can’t help but compare author’s novels and sometimes that doesn’t bode well for the book right after one you really liked. This is the case for me and this book. I read The Martian a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. That is why I picked this book to read for my theme about a heist and while I did enjoy it, it did not live up to my expectations. The premise of the story was awesome but I did not connect with any of the characters, in fact I found Jazz to be a bit annoying. Also the section of the book that was supposed to be the climax I found to be a little painful to read. It started losing my attention at the part that should have had me on the edge of my seat. I also didn’t find myself laughing out loud at the parts that were obviously supposed to be humorous like I did with The Martian. Overall it was just OK so I am rating it right down the middle.
“It’s a simple idiot-proofing scheme that’s very effective. But no idiot-proofing can overcome a determined idiot.”
“People will trust a reliable criminal more readily than a shady businessman.”
“Five a.m. was a largely theoretical concept to me. I knew it existed, but I rarely observed it.”
“How dare you call me lazy? I’d come up with a scathing retort but, meh, I’m just not motivated.”