Author: Eoin Colfer
What happens when you put wealth, power, genius, and evil intent in the person of someone who’s still a child? You end up with a criminal mastermind with the flexibility of mind to take his crime to realms unimagined by adults–and the innocence of appearance to get away with it. And not one to let opportunities for criminal gain go by, Artemis Fowl is prepared to use his power and intelligence to do something adults couldn’t dream of doing: hoodwink the fairy-folk out of their gold. Of course, even an evil genius couldn’t have foreseen some of the tricks the fairies would use to fight back.
Artemis Fowl is a book I have mixed feelings about. It’s excellently written–engaging, surprising, and fun. The plot really catches you up in itself such that it’s hard to put the book down. And the characters are quite well written; I just don’t particularly like any of them. So reading this story is sort of like watching a free-for-all where people you don’t like are going at each other–which can be quite amusing, I must admit (I’m somewhat reminded of Black Butler in that regard). The whole concept of fairy society that Colfer has developed is fascinating–a modern and technically savvy evolution of your traditional fairy-tale elves and sprites that is armed and scary. The sarcasm that pervades the story is amusing, but I really don’t appreciate the occasional crudeness. Ugh. Still, overall Artemis Fowl is an interesting, fast-paced fantasy thriller–ideally written for an upper middle-school audience, but appropriate for late elementary on up.