When I first watched the movie version of The Martian, I had no idea that it was based on a novel. I also didn’t know that the author of that novel, Andy Weir, had first published The Martian in chapters on his blog, then self-published it on kindle, before seeing it rise into a successful work of fiction and adapted into a movie a few years later.
That’s definitely a crazy ride for any aspiring author, and I think The Martian is such a beautifully crafted work combining science, adventure and sentiment that Weir deserves all the strong praise he has received for it.
When I received an ARC of Artemis on Net Galley, I decided to read both books by Weir back-to-back and I think that may have been a mistake. Unfortunately, for all of the strength of The Martian, Artemis felt like a definite sophomore slump to me. Read my full reviews below to find out why.