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Artemis is a pleasure planet created 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 the Empire was shattered in a horrific war; centuries later humanity has lost much of theArtemis is a pleasure planet created 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 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. After crashing his ship, he encounters Adara the Huntress 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....

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Artemis Awakening Reviews

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-01-04 08:50

    2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/05/29/b...Artemis Awakening is a strange novel, one I wish I could have enjoyed a lot more. I wouldn’t say I disliked it, but neither did it hold my interest…and later on it just plain weirded me out. After mulling it over for a bit, I’ve concluded my disappointment probably stems more from feeling suckered in by its description, rather than something specific associated with the story.First of all, the setting is Artemis, described as a distant world created by an advanced human empire to be a pleasure planet for its richest and most elite to play in. Centuries later, the empire is no more and much of its technology has been lost, and Artemis itself is all but forgotten. The story begins when a young archaeologist named Griffin Dane crashes his ship onto the planet’s surface, stranding himself. Enter a local huntress named Adara and her psychic-linked puma, who encounter Griffin and lend him their help in his predicament.From all this, I expected more of a sci-fi adventure. But what Artemis Awakening offers (at least in the beginning) is actually something closer to a spiritual journey. Not a very compelling one either, if I’m to be blunt. In the introduction, there’s lot of talk and not much action, and most regretfully of all, very little by the way of science fiction elements. Sure, I found certain concepts fascinating, such as Artemis’ past as a bioengineered “wild” playground for the rich and powerful, the adapted humans and creatures that have persisted and live there now, as well as the mental links certain individuals have with their animal companions. All that potential feels squandered, however, as none of these ideas come to fruition, doomed instead to wither on a vine behind a brick wall.So much amazing world building, but where the story was taking me was definitely not where I wanted to be. The plot went in a direction that was rather unexpected, but I was also baffled by how the author decided to tackle it. After spending a few days alone together (with Sand Shadow the puma) in the wilderness, Griffin and Adara grow close, so that upon their return to Adara’s home, her kind-of-but-not-really-boyfriend grows upset with the new boy in town for macking on “his” woman. Had I wandered into a Young Adult novel without realizing it?This bizarre love triangle is further complicated when the three set out with Adara’s mentor to figure out what to do with Griffin. This is where a lot more starts happening in the story, but it’s also where things get perplexing. It didn’t help that I was so numb at this point, not much was going to help turn my tepid opinion around. Add to that, further along our characters’ journey came the ridiculous villain, a man who is ancient but physically never ages (how random), then there was the uncovering of the conspiracies and the kidnappings, the horrible revelations of the breeding facilities and the forced rape and pregnancies of women, and by now I’m just like a deer in the headlights going, um? Whu? Ugh…I’m still a bit confused, trying to figure out what kind of book I just read. Half mysticism, half quest narrative? A mix of YA and some very mature adult themes? Something that’s more paranormal than science fiction? Probably the thing that frustrates me most about this book is how thoroughly it left me cold. Thing is, I didn’t hate the novel or even wholly disliked it. Instead, I watched event after event unfold before me with something close to mild curiosity, but with no real interest. Despite reading about everything that happened in the story, I remained feeling unaffected, which in some ways is even worse than being just outright disgruntled or upset. It means I hardly made a connection to any of the characters or the conflict. It’s a shame too, because there was so much potential, and the story certainly had plenty of merits. Nevertheless, somewhere along the way I simply stopped caring.I had originally picked up Artemis Awakening so I could read it before picking up the sequel Artemis Invaded this summer. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be doing that anymore. Still, I’m open to checking out other books by Jane Lindskold; this was my first book by her and while it didn’t really work for me, I hear a lot of her stories involve humans with very close and special bonds to animals. Sounds like something I would enjoy very much. I’ll be keeping an eye out on Lindskold’s other work, but it’s looking like I’ll be giving book two a pass.

  • Marlene
    2018-12-23 10:42

    This dual review was originally published at Reading RealityCass: So where should we start? The Good, The Bad, or the What the Fuck?!Marlene: I think the WTF comes at the end.Good first, then bad, then OMGWTF.Cass: Alright then, onwards to the awesome! Artemis Awakening has some spectacular world-building. I loved the entire concept of a pleasure resort planet (which, let’s face it, rich folk would totally build), and the amount of work they put into making it the best vacation ever. Can’t have nasty insects ruining our fun times! Or diving guides that needed to breathe underwater! Or locals who have any kind of ambition or interest in technology/offworld societies.It was incredibly well thought out, and also terrifying to realize how deep they went in building their little pleasure palace. So much so that the behavioral modifications were still in place 500 years later.Marlene: Westworld meets Risa, but with perfectly engineered people and animals instead of androids that can go haywire. Except wait, that happened too.But seriously, the amount of time, effort, money, science, etc., that has to have gone into building Artemis is both fascinating for what it says about the original Empire and extremely well done on the part of the author. Everything was designed to provide the perfect vacation experience for any wealthy and well-connected member of the upper crust.It made me wonder if part of the reason that the empire imploded was because they were spending too much money on the wrong things, and not taking care of business. I also wonder if this perfect pleasure planet included sex workers (or people programmed to be) but that wasn’t in evidence.Cass: Actually, I’d disagree with you there. In the beginning when Adara (our protagonist) was trying to decide how to behave with the first extraterrestrial visitor in 500 years, she was thinking about how they were known to fuck around with the locals. AND the comments made by her pseudo-love interest (which I have opinions on), where he explained that he felt compelled to defer to any attraction Griffin may have felt towards her…..I’d say the breeding for compliance and happy servitude definitely spilled over into a form of prostitution - though not something these Rich Swine would think of as actual sexual slavery.Marlene: I don’t think the locals were programmed to say “no” to the “seegnur”, either. But in all of Adara’s thoughts about it, she felt that it would be either taking advantage of her, or not what she wanted for herself. Rich Swine wouldn’t care, and would tell themselves that it was alright. But I wonder if there was an adaptation for brothel-workers?Cass: Super-immunity to STIs? Mental control over fertility? Vibrating cocks? Seems like those would be adaptations that wouldn’t get you shunned.Which was another thing I loved about the world-building! How the people of Artemis had divided up into classes based on their modifications (or lack thereof) that they kept to even in Adara’s time - and how a farming family would freak out when their kid sprouted claws or gills, no matter how useful the trait could be to have around.Marlene: The idea that the behavior modifications would still be breeding true, to the point where the entire society still followed the rules laid down by the “seegnur” was awesomely scary.Cass: At first it was irritating me. I was sitting here thinking “Adara is a take charge kind of woman, why wouldn’t she rebel against these kinds of ridiculous constraints.” But then we started seeing so many indications that people really couldn’t move beyond a need to serve. Which, of course, led many adapted children open to being horrifically abused and taken advantage of by The Old One Who Is Young Without The Benefit of Plastic Surgery.Marlene: We can’t start talking about The Old One Who Is Young Without Learning a Damn Thing without talking about the story and the characters.Griffin Dane crashes on Artemis, and discovers that none of his backup systems work and he’s stranded on what he thinks is a primitive planet with no way of contacting “civilization”. And he’s rescued by a woman with a puma. He thinks he’s landed in savage heaven, especially after she saves his bacon.Cass: A puma with HANDS. Everyone stop and think for a moment about the terror of a world in which cats have opposable thumbs. The lack of which is pretty much the only thing currently saving us from feline domination.Marlene: Nothing is saving us from feline domination. Trust me on this. However, their lack of opposable thumbs does mean that they think we are useful, so they have refrained from wiping us off the planet. As soon as they figure out how to open their own cans, we’re done for.(M: My husband is curled up in the corner in a fetal ball gibbering about cats with hands) (C: Excellent. I knew that bit would strike terror into the hearts of all who know cats)Cass: Essentially, Griffin is your typical absent-minded professor type, totally unprepared for the realities of Artemis, and we learn about the world through his eyes - and also how Adara sees him. Along the way we meet up with Adara’s pseudo-boyfriend (A GODDAMN LOVE TRIANGLE APPROACHES), and The Old One Who Is A Young Asshole. (Spoiler alert! He’s an asshole.)I think we’re really started to edge over into the bad, so let me just say, that much like the world-building, the author did a fantastic job with the characters. With one exception that I will harp on at length. Later.Marlene: The dreaded love triangle, which almost becomes a quadrangle (or a pentagon if you count the puma) doesn’t actually come to fruition. So points for not totally going there.Cass: The puma had the right idea. Three-way. I suspect they might go that way in the next installment after some spoilery things that manifested between Adara’s almost boyfriend and her extraterrestrial meet-cute.But other than that, there was no point in even bringing it up. Wah, Adara’s indecisive, wah, the menfolk can’t tell if she’s into them, wah, wah wah. Just fuck them and move on or shut up about it already! There are so many more important things going on.Marlene: One last wah. Wah Adara’s heart was broken by her asshole ex, who, based on the songs that he wrote about her, is seriously psychopathic. He’s one sick dude.Cass: The songs and his post-Adara career choices. I was kind of trying to block that part out. I’m sure in the next installment he’ll make an appearance right around the time she’s actually going to get some with one of the other guys.Marlene: I expect him to kidnap her at some point in a later installment and try to enact one of those songs. (shudder)However, in spite of her poor taste when she was young and stupid, I like Adara. She’s intelligent and strong, and doesn’t fall into bed with either of the two dudes sniffing around her as a cure for her angst. Also she distrusted The Old One Who Is a Sociopath when she was 8, and she doesn’t like him any better now.Cass: I loved Adara analyzing The Old One Who is a Men’s Rights Activist’s reactions to her and figuring out that he was a misogynist who knew he had no hope of controlling a child (or woman) who could grow claws at will. Hah! In fact, I kind of wished he hadn’t been smart enough to figure that out - because Adara could have demonstrated for him.Marlene: The “facility” that The Old One Who is a Torturer had created reminded me of the human/Cylon breeding facilities on Battlestar Galactica. And OMG that was sick then and it’s sick now.Cass: I’d say this one trumped the horror of BSG because we got a vivid-full-color description of how The Old One Who is a Butcherer handled his “failures.”Marlene: I think we’ve reached the point where we need to talk directly about The Old One Who We Hate So Much.Cass: The Old One Who Is Young:Is inexplicably young despite being centuries old and NO ONE, not even Griffin, ever fucking questions how this is possible.Is inexplicably able to commit atrocities with impunity and command people who hate him.Is a cardboard cut-out villain. (Unlike Adara’s ex, who though uber-creepy, at least appears to be acting in character.)Basically all those good things we talked about earlier? The world-building? The characters? All fall apart with our villain. He makes no sense in the context of the world, he isn’t given any kind of motivation, and nobody even attempts to figure out WTF is with all the WTFery.Marlene: The Old One Who is the Villainiest Villain of Them All is too much of a “bucket of all evil”. What the hell is he? An adaptation that went wrong? A “seegnur” who got left behind? (Probably not, but I did wonder for a while). An incredibly organized serial killer? (Well yes, he is definitely that)Cass: We should just call him “He Who Must Not Be Named” and be done with it.Marlene: Voldemort with a touch of Sauron, in the body of Jack the Ripper or Sweeney Todd.Cass: I was thinking Voldemort trapped in Young Voldemort’s body as raised by post Red-Wedding Walder Frey. A Senile “Seegnur” who had nothing to do for centuries than think up atrocities to top those in the history books. (You had to have noticed they talked about a Red Wedding in the beginning of the book? I was totally laughing when I realized I could start counting ASOIF references).Marlene: I had not thought of the possibilities for ASOIF bingo, but you’re right. OMG.Cass: We could call him…. Seegdemort Frey? I always envisioned Hogwarts as a creepy breeding facility anyways. Artemis Awakening’s villain is Harry Potter Meets Game of Thrones. Yes, I know I just broke all your brains, but that is because IT MAKES NO GODDAMN SENSE.Marlene: All high schools have the possibility of being creepy breeding facilities if you squint.Cass: Yeah, but Hogwarts specifically divided them up by specific traits. For breeding purposes. The Sorting Hat is only looking at genetic compatibility and potential offspring….Or are we getting a little off base?Marlene: I just think we’re in danger of being longer than the original book we started with!Cass: Well, we can’t really explain The Old One Who Wants To Be A Frey When He’s All Growed Up without getting into spoiler territory….so…..Escape Grade: B+. Yeah there was a lot of omgwtfbbq at the end, but the beginning was awesome, and I’ll totally pick up the sequel to see what happens when Artemis starts taking an active interest in events.Marlene: Escape Rating B+: The villain was a bit too much the Nazi version of Snidely Whiplash, but the characters and the worldbuilding were extremely awesome at the beginning. Especially Sand Shadow the puma, as much as she worries me about the evolution of cat-kind. I enjoyed Adara’s not falling into bedroll with either of the two dudes on offer, and I want to see her come into her own. And I sincerely hope that the next book in the series (which I will definitely pick up) tells us more about The Old One Who is a Nazi and where he came from and how he got that way. And hopefully we see his complete comeuppance.Cass: Hey, look at that! We agree. Most unusual.Marlene: We get closer to the same page when there’s no mushy stuff.Cass: Well, no mushy love stuff, there were plenty of mushy... other stuff... and such in this book.Marlene: We agree on gore, just not on kissy-face.Cass: I’m still pulling for the three way in book 2. Sand Shadow is clearly the dominant character. They should follow her suggestions.Marlene: Definitely Sand Shadow for the win!

  • Rob
    2018-12-30 10:01

    ...All things considered, Artemis Awakening is not an unpleasant read. Just a very straightforward one. The plot is well put together but somewhat predictable. The observant reader will see the hook for book two coming quite some time before the climax of the book. It is the kind of cozy science fiction that will not really challenge the more experienced read and as such, I thought it was only mildly entertaining. I might be convinced to read the second volume but I doubt it will leap to the top of the to read stack when it appears.Full Random Comments review.

  • Rana
    2019-01-14 12:01

    I clearly know this is bubble-gum pulp, not all that well-written but certainly fun. The only thing keeping me from loving this enough to continue the series is that the character building wasn't all strong, a little bumbling. And the interludes that you finally figure out on like the last two pages? Would have been way, way, way more interesting if that happened about halfway through. They pissed me off the entire book so the payoff at the end was zilch. Especially as it was written as a cliff-hanger for the next in the series.

  • Jeffrey
    2018-12-24 14:01

    In some ways, "Artemis Awakening" is reminiscent of Andre Norton's post apocalyptic science fiction adventure novels that take place on an Earth like planet, which was once home to advanced forerunner technology, but now is home to the leftover human survivors, who are making do in a less advanced world. In addition, Jane Lindskold, like Norton, has been able to create memorable human characters who have a bond with animals. Like her 2001 "Through Wolf Eyes", which featured a girl who could speak with intelligent wolves, this science fiction tale has a strong female protagonist with a telepathic bond to her "demiurge" a huge puma. Typically in the Norton novels, the main character is on a quest. "Artemis Awakening" also features a quest plot, but unlike the more traditional Norton novels, the quest takes a left turn midway through the novel. While not the best science fiction out there, this first book in a new series offers a pleasant science fiction diversion and promises more in the future.Griffin Dane is an archeologist historian, who has figured out where the legendary Old Empire pleasure planet Artemis is located. Artemis inhabitants were bio engineered for specific roles on the planet. Some were hunters to take the Empire's richest citizens, known as Seegnurs into the wild, while others were factotums, who fixed and set up trips. The planet has been hidden in time since the Old Empire collapsed in a titanic war. Artemis was also attacked. The rich killed and the fabled link between the Seegnurs and the planet destroyed. Or was it.While orbiting the planet, Griffen's shuttle crashes and he barely gets out alive, rescued from the site by the beautiful Huntress Adara and her telepathically linked puma Sand Shadow, who take him to meet her mentor, Bruin, a loremaster. Griffin soon learns that Adara and Sand Shadow both have adaptions- Adara's eyes enable her to see in the dark, and her hands can be changed to claaws while Sand Shadow can grow hands.Bruin suggests that his teacher -The Old One- might hold the key to helping Griffin, but the story takes one of several left turns, when Griffin, Bruin and Adara learn that Old one may be doing experiments on woman in an attempt to breed children with special adaptions. Adara, Griffin and the factotum Terrill visit the Old One to learn the truth. At the same time, Griffin's arrival on the planet may have triggered Artemis to start to link up with its dwellers. When Griffin disappears, Adara and Terrill must learn the truth, while Griffin fights to get free.The predictable denouement contains a bunch of hints about the next volume in this intriguing series.

  • Cathy
    2019-01-16 16:47

    It felt like an eighties or nineties fantasy novel, a real flashback feeling. Which could be a good thing, but though it was not unpleasant it was also not at all compelling. As I got toward the end I wasn't planning to rush into reading the second book, and might not ever have gotten to it at all if I hadn't already reserved it when I got this one and if there wasn't at least a bit of a hook near the end that I should have seen coming but I really didn't care enough to try and figure out the hints before then. Between already having the book in the house and being a bit intrigued by where it's going, I'll probably try the next one soon. I just have to wonder if an author who wasn't a big name would have gotten this published, it's fine, but it doesn't seem competitive with what I'm used to reading. The people are adults, and the story has some adult themes at times (rape), but the story feels kind of juvenile.

  • Scott
    2019-01-10 14:44

    Artemis Awakening is a soft SF novel about an archaeologist named Griffin Dane who crash-lands on the legendary, lost planet he was studying. He is rescued by and befriends a woman called Adara who has a mental link with her puma companion. Together they work to find a way to return him to his people. There is one among the Artemisians who might have such knowledge, but disturbing rumors surround him.There's nothing really wrong with the writing in the book, but I simply didn't find it very compelling. Once Adara takes Griffin back to her people the story slows considerably. Even when "interesting" things start to be revealed later on, I didn't really care that much. I would describe the book as "cozy." You have cozy mysteries, and this is cozy SF. I felt like it was something I would have really enjoyed if I had read it as a teenager, especially with the plot device of the human-animal link. So if you are younger or perhaps newer to the genre, you might get more out of it than I did. It was nearly a three star novel, being generous, but then it ends with no resolution, carrying right into the next book, which I don't plan to read, so two stars it is.

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-11 08:51

    The Good: If you can get past the first half of the book's slow and pretty boring progress, there is a fairly decent story here. The shift in pace was jarring, but I was so thankful for it, we'll call it a good thing. When dealing with the science fiction angles on genetic modification and breeding, the book was at its best. Had the entire book focused on that, instead of meandering through weird feudal fantasy to get there, it could have been a 5 star read.The Bad: My big problem with this book was the synopsis is a total bait and switch. Look at that first paragraph. Awesome, right? Except, we never see or talk about any of that in the book. That awesome part is part of the past and it's completely glossed over in the book. The present is so far removed from that past, that there is absolutely no reason we needed to tease that former reality. The book itself pales in comparison to the opening premise of the synopsis and that is really not the impression you want to make to a reader. It completely set me up for disappointment.

  • Jessica Strider
    2019-01-04 10:10

    Pros: great characters, interesting storyCons: romantic elements, though minor, feel awkward at timesWhen Griffin Dane locates the planet he believes to be the ancient pleasure planet Artemis, his intention is to study it and return to his home world and bask in the glory of his historic discovery. So when his ship crashes, stranding him there, he’s eager to find his way back to the stars. He’s rescued from the wreckage by the Huntress Adara and her demiurge puma companion Sand Shadow, with whom she’s psychically linked. They guide Griffin first to their village and then to a major city with relics left by the Seegnur, the people who made the planet and altered the inhabitants to be the perfect servants. There they meet with the Old One Who Is Young, a man who has studied the technology of the Seegnur for decades. But Griffin’s arrival has awakened something. And things with the Old One aren’t what they seem.I loved Adara and Sand Shadow. It’s great to see a self-confidant young woman who gives and accepts help as the situation requires. She knows her skills and when the location changes and her abilities are less in demand, finds something she can do to help that will use her skills. By the same token, it was great to see Griffin fumbling on this ‘primitive’ world, accepting menial tasks as the only ones he’s qualified to do, and not complaining about it. I really liked Terrell as well. It was interesting how the three protagonists strengths and weaknesses complemented each other, and how the characters worked together.The story begins sort of quest like, but there’s a series of overlapping mysteries when they get to Spirit Bay, which were quite interesting to read. It was also interesting learning more of the Seegnur and how they modified things (via the social rather than scientific changes. You don’t learn the science behind the genetic modifications but you learn about the different social strata and some of the abilities of people who were adapted for specified jobs).There were minor romantic elements in the book. The opening led me to believe that these would have a stronger impact on the story, so I was pretty happy to discover they didn’t. There were some awkward conversations where the characters were honest about their feelings (or lack thereof), which I appreciated (the honesty, if not necessarily the awkwardness). Some of the elements seemed a tad heavy handed, like Adara noticing Griffin’s eye colour in the middle of a life or death situation, which also struck me as being out of place. But on the whole I found the characters’ openness refreshing and the elements indicate that a romance may form as the series goes on.The world-building is understated, but interesting. Since the planet was specifically designed it still works on a feudal style system. As with the romance, there are underlying elements but they only pop up from time to time.It was an interesting read.

  • Ginny
    2019-01-05 11:10

    While overall I enjoyed this story well enough, it has a number of issues.The pacing is a bit slow and, though I understand it's the first in a series and it does tell a complete story, I felt there wasn't enough development (plot and character) to be satisfying for a whole novel. Not to say there wasn't any, but there wasn't enough for it to feel standalone, which I believe individual installments in a series ought.But probably my biggest problem with it, aside from its trading in some very silly gender stereotypes, was its highly problematic treatment of rape. "Rape?" you ask. "I thought this was a sci-fi adventure story." So did I, friend, so did I. But alas, genre authors continue insisting rape belongs in otherwise escapist fiction, leaving one to wonder who is supposed to be doing the escaping. Rape-as-plot-point is nearly impossible to pull off appropriately. Like so many others, Lindskold fails at it.

  • Trike
    2019-01-16 08:50

    This was a decent enough story. It's the type of Planetary Romance that would have been right at home in the 1970s and 1980s: a guy crashlands on a long-lost planet and as he enlists help from the locals to get back to his orbiting ship he becomes engaged in their lives along the way.It's a bit lightweight, which is no big deal. I was annoyed by a few sudden deus ex machina moments (suddenly the space visitor and one of the scholars can communicate via dreams) but the worse issue is that about 2/3 of the way through I realized there was no way she was going to wrap this story up in the pages she had left. Sure enough, there's no really satisfying ending. The local warlord is defeated but he gets away and the initial dilemma of getting off-planet is still unresolved.It was decent enough and I'd give it to a teenager without hesitation, but I won't be back for the sequel.

  • Renmarie56
    2019-01-09 15:53

    I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would at first. Can't wait to read the sequel.

  • Peter
    2019-01-19 09:47

    The planet Artemis was designed by advanced science to be a perfect, primitive escape for the ultra rich and powerful. Included in that fantasy was the population, who were mostly human but engineered to fulfill a role and not expand outside of that role. So while the masters have been gone for centuries, and Artemis has been lost to the rest of the galaxy, their society still resembles a fantasy kingdom with quaint villages and hunters who share connections with beasts. One such huntress is Adara, and her genetically uplifted puma Sand Shadow, who rescue a man who's crashed from the sky, a scholar from the rest of the galaxy who has been searching for Artemis... and is now stranded there.I don't really have a lot to say about this book, except that it's mostly in the category of "Not My Thing." It's one of those books that's, in some ways, a fantasy story wrapped in a sci-fi explanation. Sometimes, this can work well, but for my personal tastes, as someone who generally prefers the SF side of the equation and isn't that into straight fantasy anymore, it's a tricky balance. This book, although it has moments that catch my interest, feels a bit too much like a fantasy book with a few SF elements. Granted, there's not explicit magic, but rather psionic powers (some of which might even, reasonably, be explained technologically, but when you throw in the occasional person who seems to have oracle-like precognition, that goes too far and is itself one of my hate-buttons). The characters are mildly interesting, especially in that there's sort of a completely civil love triangle, where everyone knows everyone else's interest and yet act mature about it and the woman in the middle isn't entirely sure she wants either of them as anything more than friends. It's kind of refreshing. There are some elements that had my attention, like remnants of AI defense systems coming to life and playing a role, but they didn't spend as much time on them as I'd like, and, in particular, too much of the scenes where we were able to explore that aspect was written as fragments of poetry that I found tiresome (this is not a knock on Lindskold's ability specifically: I find almost all poetry in fiction tiresome... if I want poetry, I'll read a poem, not a novel. I almost never want poetry.).It's okay. There were some decent elements that kept me interested throughout, but even though the story isn't really complete in the one volume, I don't feel any pressing need to move onto the sequel. I'm sure there are a good number of people who will like it, but for me, meh.

  • Kristopher
    2018-12-25 15:52

    Spoilers, so beware. Everything on the planet Artemis - the people, the animals, the towns and landscape - was designed by a technologically advanced race as a place where they could get away from their technology and get back to nature - sort of like how rich people go on safaris or climb mountains in remote parts of the world now. This advanced civilization fragments into different factions and destroys itself, the civilization that survives from this destruction still possesses space travel and technology but nothing on the scale of what had been achieved previously, so there is a great deal that is lost, including the location of the planet Artemis. An ambitious archaeologist named Griffin locates Artemis and keeps it a secret from even his family so that he can ensure that he is the first to reveal it's location. Unfortunately for him he crashes his lander on Artemis and now has no way communicate with his orbiting spaceship or anyone back home to tell them where he is. Griffin searches Artemis for technology that will allow him to communicate with ship or his people, but all the technology that he finds has stopped working and so the search continues to find some bit of technology that still does work.The book is not so much about the technology, however, as it is about the relationships between characters, and how the characters learn more about themselves. Griffin is rescued by Adara, a huntress, and a super-intelligent puma that shares a psychic link with her. Griffin and Adara are soon joined by Terrell, who has been wanted to be more than just friends with Adara for quite some time but has always been rebuffed by her. Griffin and Adara also have feelings for eachother, and I found the evolving relationship between Adara, Griffin, and Terrell to be more interesting than the technology that they uncover. The book keeps you guessing as to where things are heading. Later the book introduces a third guy that Adara has, or had, feelings for, but who broke her heart and is now up to no good.The telepathic animal companion concept was also an interesting part of this book, the puma "Sand Shadow"cannot speak of course but plays a big role. I'm looking forward to the second book in this series.

  • Sylvia McIvers
    2019-01-21 12:06

    Mind links between humans and cats? or bears? Sign me up!Sigh.The world-building was great - the world Artemis was literally built up from an asteroid to be a paradise get-away for the ridiculously wealthy, but said wealthy threw a war a few centuries ago and now the galactics have lost lots of cool tech. The people of Artemis have no space flight, but the gengeneering ran true, and they have some Altered kids born every generation. .Sand Shadow. A puma with fingers. I WANT..I was not very impressed with the characters. Adara The Huntress had to emphasize that she was a rarity, hunters are usually male, but the special-snowflake detail did not have any relevance to the story. Also, if she is a great hunter because of her genetic alterations, why would said alterations be more common in males? Adara did not fall for either man who might have been a love interest and I thought oh, that's cool, someone who can actually focus on her work, but nope, she's just suffering from a broken heart, having fallen in love with a (possibly criminal) mega-jerk. Oh yawn..The Crashed Galactic did not catch my interest at all. Griffon is a great name, but he was boring from start to finish. Other guy, I can't even remember his name. Griffon saves his life at one point and he decides to be all noble and won't court Adara unless Griffon doesn't want her... and this after Adara is pretty clear that she's found the first galactic on-planet in centuries, that's a lot to deal with, and she isn't interested in romance. At all. Keep pushing, fellas, a woman doesn't know her own mind until a man makes it up for her. Or, you know, buzz off. There are other girls in town..The bad guy. We know he's bad because he breeds unwilling humans to get better quality gengeneered kids. I hate the trope that multiple rape is the easiest shorthand for pointing out the villain. Also, I want to point out that Marion Zimmer Bradely's Darkover series had 'breeding for recessive traits whether the girl or boy like each other or not' trope done, much better than this, back in, oh, 1964. (Yes, Darkover had its problems. Not discussing that here.)

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2019-01-20 11:06

    Artemis Awakening is an interesting start to a new series by Jane Lindskold. I love the premise. The Empire created Artemis as a pleasure planet. The location was know to only a few and when the Empire went to war the location was lost. Now after over 500 years one man, Griffin Dane, has re-discovered the location.Worldbuilding: Lindskold got that right from the beginning. From the very first pages I knew that the humans and some animals were changed and that Artemis was a created world made for the pleasure of a select few. As the story progressed more facts about Artemis were woven into the story making the world more and more complex.Characters: The story started out very character driven. I had a very good sense of Griffin and Adara. They started out as the main characters but the focus changed as the story progressed. It became more action driven and the focus expanded to include Terrell and the Old One Who Is Young as additional main characters. There are numerous side characters who are part of the action. Some like Bruin are fleshed out but others are not. My favorite character is Sand Shadow, Adara's enhanced puma. She is such a cat.Plot: Griffin is stranded and wants a way to go home. He thinks the Old One Who Is Young might have he information he needs to call for help. When they discover the Old One is not what he seems a rescue mission becomes the focus of the book. This is where it becomes more action driven than character driven. Look for the planet to have some surprises for both the reader and the characters. One problem is solved but another is left for the next book in the series.Writing: This is my first time to read a book by Lindskold and her writing impressed me. Everything flows without any interruptions. I was hooked from page one. While I was surprised at how the focus changed it was handled in a very smooth manner. Everything is set up for additional adventures on Artemis.I went to Lindskold’s web site and saw where Artemis Invaded has been turned into Tor. I assume that is book #2. There was not a release date mentioned.

  • Meghan
    2019-01-12 12:58

    This book was the kind of comfortable, relaxed sci-fi that I would've loved when I was younger--a formula that delivers every time. But as my reading has matured with age, this formula can run a little dry, like it does here in Artemis Awakening. Woman hunter with psychically bonded pet puma meets man who crash-landed on her planet--an awesome premise, but one that I've read before. (Minus the puma). But what really made this book one that I stopped reading in the middle was that I found it so similar to Lindskold's Firekeeper series, which I have loved for years and highly recommend. If you're looking for thought-provoking sci-Fi adventure with more of an adult bent, leave this one on the shelf and grab a Firekeeper novel instead.Recommended to: pre-teen/teen readers that love animals and adventures, your significantly younger cousin who refuses to stop talking Twilight, those new to sci-fi, or lovers of sci-fi looking for a cozy winter read

  • Chris
    2019-01-14 11:07

    I really wanted to like this book. Although it starts out very strong, with an intriguing premise and quick solid world building, about halfway through the plot is seemingly abandoned for another plot altogether. It's a shame, because I was hooked right up until this point. Even though this weird kidnap/forced breeding is eventually explained in relation to the main story, it seemed to take over the entire second half of the novel when it didn't need to. It ruined the book for me. Honestly I had flashbacks to reading the Arthur C. Clarke "Rama" series in that this author kept pushing any true revelations further ahead like she didn't know what they would be. Sometimes clunky writing and awkward romantic elements further doomed this novel for me.I see there is already a sequel, but I won't be picking it up.

  • Pierre Hofmann
    2019-01-21 15:04

    Although I liked the basic idea of the book and thought that it could provide for a good plot, I often lost interest while reading, mainly because of the writing style. There are also some inconsistencies in the development of the story. For example, shortly after Griffin Dane arrives at the settlement where Adara has brought him, there is this attack by a mechanical spider. Then, for the rest of the book, that attack is essentially forgotten, it is not followed by any other similar adverse action against Griffin. There are other oddities, which other reviewers of this book have already described. I don't plan to read the other books of this series.

  • Linfer
    2019-01-21 11:40

    That was suprisingly underwhelming. It's also sad that the author had chosen to surround the heroine only with dudes, making especially sure that any woman her age was an unlikable cliche of the "typical damsell". I'm fine with dudes, really, but that's just ridiculous and felt like the tired "I'm not like the other girls" trope. The background itself is cool, but I need more than one lonely interesting female character plus a cat and while it was nice seeing Griffin and Terrell bond, it made it way more obvious how isolated Adara really is.

  • Haley
    2019-01-02 15:08

    The story starts out slow and is immediately smothered by constant hints at a romance that surpasses the awkward middle school "my heart was beating so hard but I just don't know, oh dear she is so close yet so far". They bring up maybe one example of truly dangerous technology when you are led to believe through annoyingly cryptic interludes that the entire planet is going to massacre them. Halfway through the book the entire plot swings from killer robots to uncovering a rape farm. Overall just not my cup of tea.

  • Larkin (Wonderfilled Reads)
    2019-01-04 08:43

    I got this book and the sequel from BookOutlet without knowing anything about it. With that being said, when I was expecting a really crazy science fiction, this book turned out to be more action-adventure. It was entertaining but nothing groundbreaking or amazing. I do plan to continue on with the series to see where the story goes next!

  • Penny
    2018-12-25 16:50

    Not for me ... I like sci-fi/fantasy with romance, not Romance with a sci-fi cloak.

  • Meenakshi
    2019-01-05 16:58

    This fiction must be interesting

  • Linda
    2019-01-03 11:49

    I felt this book should have been classified as a young adult book. Certainly left me feeling I was reading something a 12 year would enjoy. Of course to graphic in places.

  • Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
    2019-01-20 11:57

    Review to come.

  • Dan
    2019-01-16 14:54

    Not bad, but it just did not manage to engage me with the characters.

  • C Miller
    2019-01-15 08:45

    Some SPOILERS below:It was ok. The plot sort of dragged on in places I didn't think it should but then skipped (or rushed) over details that, to me, seemed interesting. JL can write, but it was a struggle getting through this. A man (a rather geeky archaeologist named Griffen Dane) from planet Sierra crash lands into planet Artemis, which is apparently populated with descendants from an ancient human population purposefully designed and placed on Artemis by the seegnur (and this word was never capitalized in the book, don't know the significance in that). The seegnur were these super advanced people (never quite figured out if they were human or what) who designed Artemis for their own pleasure using technology that has since vanished (or forgotten) from Artemis since the seegnur were all killed off. There's an odd love triangle that didn't quite fit the plot and wasn't even that interesting between the other main character Adara (the huntress) and some guy who likes here back home (Terrell). These names too caught me off guard. Adara, Griffin, Terrell, Bruin, Sand Shadow...on and on. I couldn't tell if I was reading SF or some odd fantasy YA novel. And some random machine spider emerges from the mountains to terrorize the town. Its defeated but it's appearance is never given any context or place other that a few pages of action while the townspeople poke and stab it with spears and sticks until it finally crumbles to the ground. Instead of investigating the machinery and technology on the spider, it's burnt up by the townsfolk. Go figure. There's an adventure to help Griffin find a way back home and this leads rather inexplicably to an old man who apparently never ages (with no explanation of why or how he doesn't age) and who lives in this abandoned facility left over from the seegnur days. This old man has spent 500 years in this facility but when Griffin, Adara, and party arrive and start asking questions, the old man acts like he doesn't know a thing (but this seeming ignorance is actually him hiding information, but JL doesn't quite successfully let the reader know this clearly...I kept feeling like the old man really didn't know anything until the very last few pages). There was some cool world-building but the concepts were never fleshed out. Psychic connections between animal and humans, Artemis itself, adapted humans with various abilities...all were sort of just stated, but not developed into the story much.The ending sucked. The old man ends up being a dick but escapes. He spent his centuries breeding and forcing men to rape women in the hopes of developing some super human capable of communicating with the seegnur machinery... Of course, we are led to believe he failed, but the #1 on this story must mean there's more to the story. Adara, Griffin, and Terrell all decide that Griffin isn't ready to go home yet but should explore Artemis some more. Adara thinks "Artemis is already Awakening" because her psychically-connected puma (which is actually a cool character in the story), has sent her messages in a dream that it has known all along what is happening???!!! All in all, disappointed. Some good passages, but it fizzles out and ends up dragging on to an unsatisfying end.

  • Sasha
    2018-12-24 15:51

    Since I've been eager to read some sci-fi again, I thought this book was right what I need. A quick read of a space novel that was neither too complicated nor too boring. It mostly complied but unfortunately the writing style and characters were, at times, not quite to my taste. I also didn't know it was part of a series, though the title probably implied this already. Anyhow, the book starts promising with Griffin Dane, historian and archeologist from quite in the future, searching for an elusive planet called Artemis. History shows that a technologically advanced human empire had made this planet to serve their needs of a secluded place in nature, that would function as their paradise. Genetically modified people would tend to their every need, so the selected few that had knowledge of the planet would be well served in anything they needed. However, through some horrible event (view spoiler)[ Griffing explains that there were families and factions battling after some time and through betrayal of, likely, a third party, they got massacred and the wisdom of their technology lost as only few remained and the empire fell(hide spoiler)]. Unfortunately, though he planned for pretty much every eventuality, his craft is not immune against the nanobots of Artemis and thus he is acquainted with the planet sooner rather than later. Luckily for him, Adara the Huntress happens to be nearby and rescues him. Being one of the genetically modified beings she can see in the night and communicate in some sort of telepathy with her puma, Sand Shadow (who also is somewhat modified in about the creepiest way possible). With not much choice left (view spoiler)[ his ship is buried by a landslide as is any equipment he'd hoped to use to communicate (hide spoiler)], Griffin depends on her for survival. Adara thinks him to be one of the seegnur - those imperial dudes from the beginning - and brings him to her teacher. Soon after they are forced to leave (view spoiler)[ first there is this giant spiderbot that comes out of nowhere and quite clearly focused on destroying Griffin and for another they find out that the scientist (Adara's teacher's mentor, the "Old One Who Is Young") they wanted to bring Griffin to for help is not who he seems to be(hide spoiler)], and are joined by local sweetheart and sort-of-but-not-really-boyfriend Terrell. As interesting as each figure is (Terrell becomes interesting after a while), the love triangle and unresolved sexual tension/jealousy they've got going on there is more reminiscent of YA than anything else. Their interaction is awkward at best and ridiculous at worst - they remind me more of horny teens than adults. Especially the infatuation of Griffin and Adara towards each other feels artificial. As much as he relies on her and as fascinating as he is to her, I don't think like the first thought they'd have is "omg I wanna bone him/her but since she/he is from another planet I shall not make a move". And Adara is further complicating things by not making up her mind, keeping both Terrell and Griffin at arm's length yet implying there could be more eventually. As commendable as Terrell's and Griffin's patience is, it just makes for a romantic triangle of awkwardness I could do without. I'd rather have her decline either one of them, than keeping the suspense for maybe many more books to come. If she'd choose Griffin it'd be the cliché fascination of the stranger, but at least we'd have closure. I'd actually root for Terrell in this instance, as they seem to make a good pair (even though Terrell is a bit over-mushy with this feelings at times). Be that as it may, I'm glad that Adara isn't one to be pushed around by men but at the same time strong enough to admit when she needs help and not one to be like "i am woman i can do everything!". As they reach their destination things start to unravel and though he is hopeful upon learning that much of the seegnur's technology might still be available, Griffin soon has to choose between his chance to get home or helping Adara's people. The book ends rather anticlimactically and rather unresolved (view spoiler)[ while they get to save the captives that have been made to breed through rape in pursuit of what the "Old One" hoped to become a child who could activate the old technology of the planet, the "Old One" escapes. Griffin and Terrell are still oozing desire upon Adara but she still chooses neither(hide spoiler)]. The interludes that are rather confusing finally make some sense (there's one after pretty much every chapter and they're annoying in their vagueness and prose) (view spoiler)[ turns out Adara happens to be communicating with the world, as she says herself, "Artemis Awakening" - roll credits!(hide spoiler)]. There is also a very sudden, very random and totally weird deus ex machina towards the end where I was just like "what even did you smoke?" (view spoiler)[ as it happens, Terrell as a factotum has the ability to communicate via dreams with Griffin, which comes in VERY handy when he's kidnapped and in need of communication with Terrell and Adara who are searching for him - and not even sure if he's alive in the first place. Terrell then reveals that he has had these dreams for a while now, ever since Griffin rescued him from the machine spider. Why he chose to wait so long to disclose this information and why Griffin never really mentions them even in his thought throughout the rest of the book is mystifying to me and seems more like a plot device of the author to move things along and create even more awkwardness between the love triangle as now Griffin and Terrell share a connection of their own(hide spoiler)]. As sci-fi books go, this one had some decent world building, even though it suffered from explaining many things, especially concerning the villain. His motives are never really revealed other than "science". It at many times reads more like fantasy than sci-fi, because other than Griffan, everything else seems to be stuck in a medieval setting with the odd adept - is to say genetically modified - person here and there. Their powers are arbitrary and there doesn't seem to be any limit. Some of the characters develop powers in the middle of the novel which is jarring at best. The writing style is weird as well, though explained by Griffin as it being "archaic" and therefore sounding a bit old. I am personally very glad that after about half the novel Adara stops building every other sentence with the structure "this is so, for [insert reason]". It also seems far fetched for a historian, no matter how good, to be able to talk freely and fluidly to people who are speaking a language that is 500 years old - with no apparent development in dialect or phonetics (my linguistic side is showing here, but still, isn't it incredibly convenient?? At least show him struggling for the first few weeks...). Talking of language, another thing the author does a lot which annoys me big time is interrupting a sentence: "Interesting", [person A] said, "[insert rest of the phrase]". While in a case like this it's easily ignored, as you'd just not read what's in between, more often than not the sentences are interrupted in odd places that sometimes force you to reread it as you have the sentence and an action in between that interrupts the thought the was expressed in the sentence. To me at least it stopped the flow of the otherwise fluid writing. All in all it is an interesting read with some cool ideas, however, it's nothing that really challenges the reader and is clearly set up as the first installment of a series that leaves any satisfying conclusion for later. I might pick up the sequel but am not so sure yet, as the characters - as much as I like them - have stayed too one dimensional and the plot a bit too predictable. As it stands, I think 3 stars is about right: a decent book but nothing too fancy or too new but might get more interesting as the series progresses.

  • Aristotle
    2019-01-20 16:07

    Archaeologist Griffin Dane Picardthe great great great great grandson of Jean-Luc Picard Captain of the USS Enterprise, also an archaeologist, is in search of the fabled planet 'Artemis'. Against all odds he finds the planet but unfortunately crash lands his shuttle and has no way to contact the Enterprise, manned by a crew of one, and is stranded.With the help of Adara, part human part cat, and her trusted puma Sand Shadow set off to unravel the secrets of Artemis and a way home.This was an ok read not bad but nothing special. Not what i was expecting not enough scifi.If you are looking for a hard core, deep space, Arthur C Clarke scifi this isn't for you.If you are in the YA demographic add a star.What was the secret?Hint: The Island of Dr. Moreau.Marlon Brando's part is played by 500 year old The Old One Who Is Young.