Artemis Awakening by Jane Lindskold

Everything and everyone on Artemis was bioengineered, made to be the perfect addition to the guests on the pleasure planet. 

Centuries later, humanity has lost the majority of the advanced technology it once possessed. Artemis has faded away into a fable until a young archeologist finds hints that send him out into the universe. His quest to find the lost world strands him on Artemis.  Joined by the Huntress Adara and her psych-linked companion, the puma Sand Shadow, Dane’s quest will lead him to discover the planet’s secrets, and perhaps find the key to saving humanity

I’m not sure who did the cover for Artemis Awakening, but they absolutely deserve a bonus for being the entire reason I picked up this book in the first place.

The text itself is also interesting, although nowhere near as eye-catching. It is certainly interesting, and the premise is fantastic, but it feels more like part of a larger book that has been ripped into bits than a standalone story. Adara was by far the more interesting protagonist, which is nice to see a female protagonist being given a great deal of depth, but did leave me wishing that the archeologist, Griffen was given something more interesting to do than wait around for things to fix themselves. Hopefully this will be solved by the next book.

This was a fun read, but I would suggest borrowing rather than buying a copy.

Rating: 6/10

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