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I absolutely loved The Martian and this book sticks to the same use of hard science incorporated into the plot, but the plot and main character are nowhere near as compelling as The Martian was. Not bad for popcorn reading, but don't expect a masterpiece by any means. Don't regret reading it but won't be reading it again.
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The book had a good premise but bad execution. The hard science was good, though not as impressive as The Martian, but that's okay - no author should try to replicate the same formula again; that rarely works.

The problem with this book goes deeper than the 'hard science' bit. Part of what made 'The Martian' good was the likability of the main character. It's quite the opposite here. The main character is not likable at all here and downright annoying at times. Yes, the book tries to portray the character as a rebellious teen, but such characters are supposed to be annoying to other characters - never to the reader.

Another big problem is the dialog. It's absolutely amateurish. 'The Martian' dialog had wonderful wit. This is another aspect where the book unfortunately falls in the other extreme end of the spectrum. Average serviceable dialog would have been okay, but it's actually bad here.

After reading the book, I was left with a feeling that the book was unfortunately rushed to market, surely to capitalize on Andy Weir's name while 'The Martian' was still fresh in people's mind. Only if the author had sat on the final product, and gotten some feedback. And only if the editor had helped smoothen the rough edges, the book could have been much better.

Still, it's not a bad read. Okay to get the book if you get it for cheap. And since audiobooks are expensive - I agree with other posters - it's not worth buying or spending an audible credit. A library rental at best.


(Side note and minor spoiler about 'The Martian' -

that book had one bad 'rough edge'; the subplot about the plan to have the designated last survivor cannibalize rest of the crew (in case they all die of hunger) to make sure she gets home. It stuck out like a sore thumb and left a bad taste in my mouth (pun intendedSmilie ). The movie wisely skipped that subplot. It should not have made it into that book. It was a throwaway few-lines-only subplot. But it totally changed the tone of the book for a brief moment by instilling horrific imagery in the reader's mind.

'Artemis' has some other such rough edges - especially in its dialog. One dialog by the protagonist about tasting stuff (you'll know it when you read it), is so bad and in such poor taste (pun again!) that many readers pointed it out in goodreads comments. I especially went there to see if anyone had singled out that line, and sure enough, many people had).
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Plot was tedious, characters were meh.

Both are forgivable, but it's the dialog that is downright embarrassing. If you can stomach this bit from your main character (and many others like it), then give the book a shot:


For the record, she is 26 years old.

I regret reading it because it has made me think less of Andy Weir; the Martian was exceptional.
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I have a 5$ wish list credit expiring in 4 days valid for this item. Not sure which wish list item triggered it or what else it is valid for.
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I have a 5$ wish list credit expiring in 4 days valid for this item. Not sure which wish list item triggered it or what else it is valid for.
Same here. Checked a few other books but didn't see the credit anywhere. Might as well get this one for free.
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Same here. Checked a few other books but didn't see the credit anywhere. Might as well get this one for free.
I'm looking at other books and it seems to be for Random House.
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I'm looking at other books and it seems to be for Random House.
Good eye! Will probably get something else instead.
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I absolutely loved The Martian and this book sticks to the same use of hard science incorporated into the plot, but the plot and main character are nowhere near as compelling as The Martian was. Not bad for popcorn reading, but don't expect a masterpiece by any means. Don't regret reading it but won't be reading it again.
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Good eye! Will probably get something else instead.
I was thinking this too, but I haven't found a good way to find eligible books that are also on sale...
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I was thinking this too, but I haven't found a good way to find eligible books that are also on sale...
Indeed.

Went to the Kindle store on desktop and tried the advanced search, which narrowed it down a bit but was ultimately unhelpful. Then went straight to the publisher's website, clicking through to Amazon on interesting titles, which seemed more efficient, but most eligible books are expensive to begin with. I don't like to pay more than $3 for ebooks, as the library is free. So, that was a lot of work for a $5 discount.
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I literally returned this book to Audible. I never read The Martian, but I had to push to finish this. Plot got a bit too down in the weeds of detail. For the price, sure, not a credit though.
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The book had a good premise but bad execution. The hard science was good, though not as impressive as The Martian, but that's okay - no author should try to replicate the same formula again; that rarely works.

The problem with this book goes deeper than the 'hard science' bit. Part of what made 'The Martian' good was the likability of the main character. It's quite the opposite here. The main character is not likable at all here and downright annoying at times. Yes, the book tries to portray the character as a rebellious teen, but such characters are supposed to be annoying to other characters - never to the reader.

Another big problem is the dialog. It's absolutely amateurish. 'The Martian' dialog had wonderful wit. This is another aspect where the book unfortunately falls in the other extreme end of the spectrum. Average serviceable dialog would have been okay, but it's actually bad here.

After reading the book, I was left with a feeling that the book was unfortunately rushed to market, surely to capitalize on Andy Weir's name while 'The Martian' was still fresh in people's mind. Only if the author had sat on the final product, and gotten some feedback. And only if the editor had helped smoothen the rough edges, the book could have been much better.

Still, it's not a bad read. Okay to get the book if you get it for cheap. And since audiobooks are expensive - I agree with other posters - it's not worth buying or spending an audible credit. A library rental at best.


(Side note and minor spoiler about 'The Martian' -

that book had one bad 'rough edge'; the subplot about the plan to have the designated last survivor cannibalize rest of the crew (in case they all die of hunger) to make sure she gets home. It stuck out like a sore thumb and left a bad taste in my mouth (pun intendedSmilie ). The movie wisely skipped that subplot. It should not have made it into that book. It was a throwaway few-lines-only subplot. But it totally changed the tone of the book for a brief moment by instilling horrific imagery in the reader's mind.

'Artemis' has some other such rough edges - especially in its dialog. One dialog by the protagonist about tasting stuff (you'll know it when you read it), is so bad and in such poor taste (pun again!) that many readers pointed it out in goodreads comments. I especially went there to see if anyone had singled out that line, and sure enough, many people had).
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Plot was tedious, characters were meh.

Both are forgivable, but it's the dialog that is downright embarrassing. If you can stomach this bit from your main character (and many others like it), then give the book a shot:
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My plan was working! I giggled like a little girl. Hey, I'm a girl, so I'm allowed. And besides, no one was watching. I pulled an aluminim stock rod from the duffel, climbed to the top of the harvester, and held it outward like a sword. "Onward, mighty steed!" (p. 102)
For the record, she is 26 years old.

I regret reading it because it has made me think less of Andy Weir; the Martian was exceptional.
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Plot was tedious, characters were meh.

Both are forgivable, but it's the dialog that is downright embarrassing. If you can stomach this bit from your main character (and many others like it), then give the book a shot:


For the record, she is 26 years old.

I regret reading it because it has made me think less of Andy Weir; the Martian was exceptional.
Thanks. I'm passing.
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Plot was tedious, characters were meh.

Both are forgivable, but it's the dialog that is downright embarrassing. If you can stomach this bit from your main character (and many others like it), then give the book a shot:


For the record, she is 26 years old.

I regret reading it because it has made me think less of Andy Weir; the Martian was exceptional.
Yeesh. Sounds like poorly written fan fic
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You may want to see if it is available at your local/county library. I just checked and mine has it available for download, no waitlist. That seems to suggest that it's not a very popular book.
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