Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Artemis by Andy Weir: Book Review



I'd heard that this book's biggest failing was the author's attempt to write from a female perspective and yeah, that was pretty distracting. It's unbelievable to me that the author, and his editors, are not aware that women don't walk around thinking about how great their bodies are. (Note: even if someone thinks a woman has a great body, pretty much 99.9% chance that she just thinks of her flaws.) Also, a woman doesn't notice when her hair falls over the face of a man, this is so much what a man notices about woman and then tries to shove into her perspective. Add on to this to concept of 'sex for service' even if it is to be kind to a friend; it is not what I want my daughters to learn about the world!

This was all possible to brush off. My next hurdle was the paragraphs of scientific explanation. There are clear places where the author's voice comes through heavy to explain something that really isn't necessary. Since I'm writing a book based on the moon, in a similar time frame, I was very interested in what science issues I've missed, and the science itself, so it didn't bother me. On the occasions he manages to get the science into the story (like when she is welding for the first time out on the surface of the moon and discovers the need to add oxygen to the flint and steel sparks system) and then it is really cool. I'm sure many of his fans are only reading for these details, so it works in the genre. For me, I care more about the characters, and the attempts to shove in some emotional responses seemed heavy handed.

That said, I finished the thing, which puts it in the top 10% of books I've read lately...

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