A Sci-Fi Nerd In A Regular Book Club

Artemis by New York Times bestseller author Andy Weir. Image Credit: Abe Books

Welcome To Artemis

The first city on the moon.
Population 2,000.
Mostly tourists. Some criminals.

Jazz Bashara is one of the criminals. She lives in a poor area of Artemis and subsidises her work as a porter with smuggling contraband onto the moon. But it’s not enough. So when she’s offered the chance to make a lot of money she jumps at it. But though planning a crime in 1/6th gravity may be more fun, it’s a lot more dangerous…

As soon as I read the above synopsis by Penguin Books I knew that I had to read this book. What’s more, I knew I’d found the perfect novel to inflict on my poor long-suffering Book Club. Sometimes I feel a little sorry for the other members of my Book Club. We’re a group of mixed aged mum’s who share the bond of having our children once going to the same Primary School. I admit, their literary tastes can be a little different to mine. I’ve valiantly worked my way through stories full of love, drama, true-life murders or kidnapping, those with a “message” (not another self-help book with affirmations!) and of course the “clever” books – I still get a headache thinking about “Rhubarb”. So, when it is my turn to announce my selection, I quietly enjoy the looks of apprehension and panic on my fellow Book clubber’s faces. Early on, they learnt too late that I am a total nerd and science fiction fan.

My mission was to bring the joy of science fiction to these women no matter how much they begged and pleaded for something “normal”