Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has summoned an elite group of high-tech fairies to Iceland.  He wants to present his invention to save the world from global warming.  But something terrible has happened to him.

Artemis Fowl has become nice.

The fairies diagnose Atlantis Complex (aka multiple-personality disorder)-dabbling in magic has damaged Artemis’s mind.  And now the subterranean city of Atlantis is under attack from vicious robots and nice Artemis is no use to anyone.

OK, so the blurb doesn’t really tell you much.  But first, for those who haven’t read these books (this is the seventh, and latest, in the series), Artemis Fowl follows the life of child genius (in the first book he’s 12, in this one he’s 15), Artemis, who also happens to be a criminal mastermind.  With the help of his gigantic bodyguard Butler, Artemis starts tangling with the fairy world (we’re talking fairies, dwarves, goblins, centaurs…you name it), making friends and foes along the way…along with seemingly unsolvable problems…that, believe it or not, get solved.

OK, so now that you’re up to speed, this latest book follows Artemis in Iceland, where he is showcasing THE PROJECT to Foaly, Holly Short and the head of the LEPrecon (geddit?).  Only there’s two problems.  Firstly, he has Atlantis Complex, which means that he suffers from multiple-personality disorder (his other half, Orion, makes multiple appearances), but mostly he has severe obsessive complusive disorder.  Which seems hilarious in theory, but actually makes little things in life a big problem.

The second problem is that Turnball Root, a noxious inmate in the Atlantis jail, is preparing for a jailbreak, using a rogue probe to help him along the way.  Ugh.

There are two things that I continually love about these books, even if I don’t really fit into the Junior Fiction section anymore.  Firstly, the way that author Eoin (pronounced Owen, those Irish people are just crazy) Colfer writes.  He is dry, witty and clever all in the one go, producing chuckles from the reader, which is saying a lot because I don’t generally even laugh in films, yet alone with books (which really, is a good thing.  Have you noticed how weird people look when they laugh out loud while reading?).

Secondly, I love the characters.  Artemis’ bodyguard, Butler, is always so dry, yet still manages to save Artemis’ arse time and time again, no matter what is thrown his way (often literally).  Another personal favourite is Mulch Diggums, the robber dwarf who has the ability to unhinge his jaw and expel liquids out of his arse, often at those who wants to defeat (see Butler comment above).

However, there were aspects about this book I didn’t like.  Perhaps it’s because I’m no longer a 12-year old, or perhaps because it is the seventh book in the series (a series that could have easily been a stand-alone book), but I feel like the writing is slightly tired, and sadly, the plots are becoming more predicable.  I have this problem sometimes that when series just continue for the sake of continuing they start to get old for me, and I don’t get the same joy out of them as I did at the start.  That’s kinda how I feel about this book.

HOWEVER, saying that, if you do like the Artemis Fowl books, or if you just have an interest for light-hearted reading, I would definitely suggest giving this one a go.  Really, it’s impossible to not enjoy the idea of a giant squid trying, and failing, to “suck the marrow out of Artemis’s bones”, isn’t it?

artemis fowl and the atlantis complex

Artemis Fowl and The Atlantis Complex-(image taken from http://www.bookdepository.co.uk)

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