Author: Andy Weir.
Publisher: Ballantine Books.
Page count: 305.
Release day: November 14th 2017.
Genre: Adult, Science-fiction.
Rating: 3 stars.
After absolutely loving The Martian last year I knew I had to read his other works, starting with this one!
I actually had heard many negative reviews about this one, and many positive ones about Project Hail Mary, so that is why I wanted to start with this one. Maybe so that the (maybe) disappointment wouldn’t be so big haha. So I actually went into this one with quite low expectations.
The main complaints that I had heard about this one is that Andy Weir’s writing of a female character is not very good and that the humour in this one was not great. Both things I do agree with.
One of the main things I loved so much about The Martian was the humour, which was something I really did not connect with in this one. Most of the jokes were quite sexist, and I was just rolling my eyes at them..
For most of the book Jazz was an interesting character. I think the reason why people don´t like her, or the way she is written as a female character, are some of her thoughts. Most of them felt like the thoughts of a 12-year old boy, which felt quite inappropriate for this 20-something year woman. But luckily I knew this beforehand so I could kinda overlook it!
I quite enjoyed Jazz because, yes she was mostly trying to solve everything herself, but also she knew when to ask or help and let them in on her plans.
What I liked most about this book, and was something I also really liked in The Martian, was the science! You could really see that Andy Weir has some knowledge in these aspects, and did his research! I really liked that all the steps of the plan were explained, without it feeling like the book was talking down on you. It explained things without you feeling dumb, but it was also not assumed that you already had all this needed knowledge.
The setting was also great. This book takes place on the moon. On the first, and so far only, established city there. This city exists of five connecting bubbles, with reactors and other things slightly outside of the city. And once again I really enjoyed how it was explained why this city was build in this way, it all felt very real as if this could actually happen in a couple of years!
This definitely did not live up to The Martian, but since I went into this one with quite low expectations I ended up still enjoying it! Since I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Project Hail Mary, I’m really excited to pick that one up next!
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I have pretty much nothing to add to this because I 100% agree with everything you said! Jazz’s 12-year-old boy thoughts were super weird, but once you looked past that, the wacky science and drama still made this a fun read! Anyway, I guess now I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts on Project Hail Mary!!
I really hope to read that one soon!
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