A year ago we learned that Andy Weir was working on a book that involved a crime spree on the moon. Needless to say, we were intrigued by the idea of moon crimes. Now we know that the book will be entitled Artemis and it will be out in November. We also know a lot more about the plot. The synopsis reads:
An adrenaline-charged crime caper that features smart, detailed world-building based on real science and the charm that makes Weir’s writing so irresistible, Artemis introduces a protagonist every bit as memorable as The Martian’s Mark Watney: Jasmine Bashara, aka Jazz. Jazz is just another too-smart, directionless twentysomething, chafing at the constraints of her small town and dreaming of a better life. Except the small town happens to be named Artemis—and it’s the first and only city on the moon.
Life on Artemis is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire, and Jazz is decidedly not a member of either category. She’s got debts to pay, her job as a porter barely covers the rent, and her budding career as a smuggler isn’t exactly setting her up as a kingpin, much to her disappointment. So when the chance at a life-changing score drops in her lap, Jazz can’t say no, even though she’s sure there’s more to the setup than meets the eye. And indeed, pulling off the perfect crime is just the first of Jazz’s problems as she finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
Here’s Weir talking about the novel:
And the full cover:
Apparently, 20th Century Fox already owns the rights to Artemis, so there’s a pretty good chance that we’ll see a movie adaptation down the line as well.