Radio 2 Book Club: Artemis

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Artemis by Andy Weir will be featured on the Radio 2 Book Club on Monday 8 January 2018.

We also have an exclusive extract available for you to read right now.

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Artemis

Life in the lunar city of Artemis 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 is offered a score too lucrative to turn down – if she can plan the perfect crime – and survive it…

And in a city on the moon, there’s only one rule for criminals: don’t get caught.

Selection panel review

The book was selected with the help of a panel of librarians from across the UK.

Our readers loved Artemis – here are some of their comments:

“The book creates a wonderful atmosphere in its Moon-based setting, yet has a familiar crime-thriller theme to it. It’s also female-driven with its lead character Jazz, and that’s not exactly something that you come across in abundance with mainstream sci-fi. She’s excellent, though the characters as a whole are very well written. There are some very relatable themes, such as divisions in class and the ways people on the less fortunate end of the scale have to make ends meet, and then there are the mysteries of the plot itself, which kept me hooked throughout.”

“This book is so much fun, a high-paced, high-concept thriller set on Moon city Artemis. I loved Jazz, our main character, who is highly talented but also has a habit of making poor decisions and getting herself into tricky situations. I was completely consumed by the adventure, and cared deeply for the characters.”

About the author

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Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the success of The Martian allowed him to write full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and devoted hobbyist of subjects such as orbital mechanics and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and went on to become a major motion picture from 20th Century Fox, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. Film rights to Artemis have already been sold to 20th Century Fox.

Get involved

Tune in to Simon Mayo’s Drivetime show on Monday 8 January to hear a live interview with Andy.

Have you read Artemis or bestseller The Martian? You can share your thoughts with us on Twitter using #Artemis of follow author Andy Weir.

You can also see what other readers thought or add the book to your group’s reading list.

Want to find out more? Take a look at the Radio 2 Book Club Twitter feed or find out more on the Radio 2 Book Club website.

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