Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Artemis Fowl; The Atlantis Complex

Author: Eoin Colfer
Publication Date: August 3, 2010
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Sci Fi
Copy provided by: Library
Summary (via Goodreads):

Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?

Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies -- not humans -- and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.

Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly’s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind -- and the grips of a giant squid -- in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?

Why I read this: I absolutely love the Artemis Fowl series - it is one of the best middle grade series I have ever read. It mixes a few different genres with fantastic characters, hilarious dialogue, and a plot that always twists and turns.

Plot: I actually was a bit surprised about this book. I never thought they would throw a curve ball like Artemis slowly losing his sanity. But, if you know Artemis, there's always something strange going on with the evil mastermind. Beyond that, there is still a spectacular blend of action, suspense and the usual twists and turns. Eoin Colfer is a genius. Seriously.

Characters: I love all the characters - even the "bad" guys. They're just so unique and different from the usual that you can't help but like them just a teensy bit. The narrator on the audiobook version I listened to does a fantastic job on Butler's voice and due to that and his personality... Butler is probably my favorite character.

Relatability: I think that readers looking for something a bit different in middle grade sci-fi and fantasy will find it in the Artemis Fowl series. Definitely one of my favorite series ever.

Cover Commentary: I really love the look of the new covers. They're beautiful and will probably sell better than the sort of boring, old covers.

Rating: 5/5 Roses

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  1. Good to know that it's a great book! I love the Artemis Fowl books.

  2. Great review. I enjoyed this book but didn't think it was as good as previous ones in the series.

  3. I absolutely love the Artemis Fowl series! It's one of my favorites--I just finished reading The Atlantis Complex, and I agree that the twist Colfer took was well-done.

  4. Love the Artemis Fowl series ! This book is currently on my TBR list. :)

  5. this is on my reading list for the Cybils--glad to know it's one to look forward to!

  6. I'm really behind in the series! I've read only 2 books...


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