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Artemis by Andy Weir

When I received “Artemis” as an Advanced Reader Copy through Netgalley, I jumped for joy. To say I am a fan of Weir’s first book “The Martian” is an understatement. After I finished it, I literally ran around my office cheering. And Artemis lives up to the standard “The Martian” set, in my opinion.

Featuring a diverse cast of characters and the hard science that I loved in his first novel, Weir paints a picture of a city on the Moon that is thriving, peaceful, yet has a seedy underbelly. Picture Ocean’s 11 in space.  That’s right.  It’s a heist on the moon!!!!!  Jazz is a strong female protagonist with a flare for the dramatic, a loose moral code and a lot of funny one-liners and sarcastic remarks. Her interactions with characters like Rudy, Bob, and even her own father builds her into a multi-dimensional woman who wants to do right, but someone who tends to get caught up with the wrong people and bets on the wrong horse. This was such a fun ride and sure to be a huge hit when this book comes out in the fall.

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

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This has been the year of the 80’s throwback in books at least for me and this one scratched that same wonderful itch. Teenage boys planning an Ocean’s 11 type heist to get a coveted copy of Playboy featuring the babe of the moment, Vanna White, from the local store. All Billy has to do is romance the shopkeeper’s frumpy and nerdy daughter Mary into giving him the alarm code. But in getting to know Mary, he realized they both have an incredible love of computer game programming and team up to win a coveted prize from a top game designer. Suddenly that all important Playboy doesn’t really matter much to Billy, even though his friends are pressuring him to stick with the plan. Mary now understandably holds his interest.

Full of 80’s pop culture and computer programming references, this book was highly entertaining, especially for an 80’s kid like myself. The ending even had a bit of a twist I never saw coming that added even more of a dimension to Billy and Mary’s relationship.