Artemis Awakening

Artemis Awakening

Book - 2014 | 1st ed. --
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Artemis Awakening is the start of a new series by New York Times bestseller Jane Lindskold. The distant world Artemis is a pleasure planet created out of bare rock by a technologically advanced human empire that provided its richest citizens with a veritable Eden to play in. All tech was concealed and the animals (and the humans brought to live there) were bioengineered to help the guests enjoy their stay...but there was always the possibility of danger so that visitors could brag that they had "bested" the environment.

The Empire was shattered in a horrific war; centuries later humanity has lost much of the advanced technology and Artemis is a fable told to children. Until young archeologist Griffin Dane finds intriguing hints that send him on a quest to find the lost world. Stranded on Artemis after crashing his ship, he encounters the Huntress Adara and her psych-linked companion, the puma Sand Shadow. Their journey with her will lead Dane to discover the planet's secrets...and perhaps provide a key to give unimagined power back to mankind.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780765337108
Characteristics: 304 p.


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Apr 14, 2016

I picked this up because of the glowing reviews and I was in a hurry. I read just past halfway through because I was strapped for reading material. This should be in young adults, it would do ok there. Maybe.

Aug 15, 2015

This one is a thorough blending of sci-fi and fantasy storytelling, with a very YA feel. The worldbuilding is interesting, but the real appeal is the human element. Lots of nice character moments.

831tobias Feb 12, 2015

I really enjoyed reading this story. I was completely surprised by the direction and unfolding of the story.
Towards the end, I think the author took a very easy route in finding resolution, but overall this was a fun read.
I could have read this book in one go had I not been interrupted by sleep and work.

Oct 03, 2014

This is EFP, "Extruded Fantasy Product" as the current glut of mediocre-to-awful fantasy novels are known in online forums.
This one has a typical heroine: "Adara the Huntress" [tawny supple sexy!]. It's politically incorrect to point out such things, but women make mawkish narcissistic superheros too. Lindskold's heroine is an exact female equivalent of Sylvester Stallone.
Anyway: it started ok, but [and this is subjective], just never gained momentum. After the first hundred pages i just didn't care whether Adara and her pals found the McGuffin or not.
[McGuffin was Hitchock's term for the plot device, the excuse for all the emotionalizing, human relationships etc., like say the Maltese Falcon in that movie].
There is much better fantasy than this; but mostly historical.
You may disagree, but unless you LOVE her style, you'll be as annoyed as i was by her cliff-hanger ending.

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