Book: Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex

Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex

I have to admit that this is probably my least favourite book in the series so far. The plot was ingenious as usual. The nefarious villain really out did himself this time. It’s just that, Artemis wasn’t himself. Sure, it’s nice to know that our favourite boy genius has some weak spots, chinks in the armour and it was hilarious in the beginning especially with his alter ego. Still, what draws us to Artemis is his wit and his intellect, his smart mouth and sharp senses. All of this was missing or at the very least downplayed in this book.

In fact it really felt as if the bad guys were winning this time. For most of the story, it was just tackling obstacle after obstacle without a plan in sight. The book actually sums up my feelings pretty well, to quote from the epilogue:

This adventure was different, Holly. Usually someone wins and we are better off at the end. But this time so many people died, innocents, and no one has benefited. And all for love.

Perhaps Eoin Colfer has realized that his readers are growing and so this book is less action focused but more moralistic. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoy this series, but this book just didn’t cut it for me. I love this series because of Artemis. His changes have always been welcomed, but in this book his character was just vastly different and he felt like a complete stranger. Yes, I’m sure that’s exactly what the author wanted, but as a reader, that’s not what I wanted at all. I can only hope that in the last book, we get the usual Artemis back. Criminal mastermind with a heart of gold.


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