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Artemis Invaded
by Jane Lindskold
Tor, $25.99, 316pp
Publication date: June 2015

This is the sequel to Artemis Awakening, click here for the review.

This is a most captivating story.  The rich complexity and the depth of the characters really did it for me.

In the first book, we were introduced to Griffin, an apparent descendant of the long-gone overlords of Artemis, and Adara, a genetically modified human.  Together they discovered a long-dead secret of Artemis and exposed her most famous celebrity, The Old One Who Is Young, as a ruthless, lying and manipulative sociopath.  Now that the Old One is missing, Griffin continues his search to find long-lost technology that may enable him to contact his base ship in orbit and allow him to leave the planet and go home.  Adara accompanies him but is also occupied with her growing relationship with Artemis, the sentient planet.  Adara is concerned about Artemis’ growing self-awareness and her frustration with the lost memory of what she was built to be or do.  The truth of what is Artemis is stranger than Adara could have imagined and will require a tremendous leap of faith from both her and Sand Shadow, her puma companion, to save the planet Artemis and all its occupants.

Griffin finds a repository of ancient technology but it’s both more and less than what he’d hoped to find.  In fact, what he finds puts a whole different aspect onto that hideous battle five hundred years earlier that began the system-wide collapse of government and the apparent extinction of the Imperials, those that the inhabitants of Artemis called seegnur. While Griffin puts all of his efforts into understanding the purpose of the installation they found, the Old One is putting a plan into action, and Griffin’s family becomes curious as to where he went and what he found.  A whole family, potentially descended from the seegnurs and with as little regard for the inhabitants of Artemis as their long-dead and ruthless ancestors, which will challenge Griffin’s loyalties. 

I liked the first story but thought it rather light fare.  This story blows away that assumption.  Lindskold has breathed life into Artemis – both the sentience and the planet (which may or may not be the same thing) – and created a living, breathing story.  The plots were wonderful – yes, there is more than one – and the characters fairly leapt off the page into my mind.  I haven’t felt so invested in a book in a long time.  I despair that I must wait a whole year to see what Artemis will become and to meet the rest of Griffin’s family.  ~~  Catherine Book

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