Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Review: Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl is acting strange. He's willing to invest his own money into a project that will save the world. He's become obsessed with numbers. He doesn't trust anyone and he's paranoid. His fairy friends, Captain Holly Short and Foaly are worried. Is he suffering from the fairy disorder, Atlantis Complex?
Ten minutes after they make this diagnosis, it becomes the least of their worries. But as trouble surrounds them and they look for a solution, they know that only the genius Artemis could solve the problem. But as the complex develops, Artemis Fowl is no longer a genius. He is no longer a criminal mastermind. He is no longer Artemis Fowl.
Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex is different to all the other books in the series. This time, Artemis isn't just fighting the enemy, he's fighting himself. And the enemy...well let's just say the he's a bit different too. He's not looking for power or money, but something much more important than that. And at the end of the book, neither side achieve what they want. Artemis himself says that this adventure was different - nothing is resolved at the end, but a lot of innocent people suffer.
There are a lot of deeper tones to this book; it's not your usual "good vs evil and everyone lives happily after" Artemis Fowl. This book is a lot more grown up, I think, than the previous six, though that's not to say that it's not full of its usual wit and humour (this is probably one of the funniest books in the series!) I loved Butler (who doesn't?) and it was great to see the return of Juliet (I'd missed her a lot).
Overall, I enjoyed the novel, and look forward to reading the eighth and final book when it's released (hopefully Holly will be able to have the talk she mentioned with Artemis :P).
(And to all those wondering, Minerva is not in this book. I think Eoin Colfer said she's in France somewhere? Who knows.)