Monday, January 5, 2015

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

★★★★✩
Artemis Fowl is a young criminal mastermind determined to revive his family's dwindling fortune. He's finally found a copy of a revered fairy book and has decided to kidnap a fairy in order to extort their society for gold. Through a dangerous game of wits and force, Artemis must go up against the fairy tactical retrieval team and keep his hostage from escaping. This is the first book in the Artemis Fowl series.

Artemis Fowl is a middle grade, young adult story. I tend to avoid books with faeries but this one came highly recommended. The fairies in the story are a technologically advanced society that have been driven underground by humans.

The world building was richly detailed and gave a fun, modern twist on faerie lore. I liked that the story focused more on advanced technology and minimized the need for magic. It was fun to read about the different fantastical creatures and the daily operations of the fairy police force .  

The story tends to focus more on Captain Holly Short's attempts to escape and the lengths her unit goes to in order to rescue her. The story gives a sympathetic look at the fairies' plight to remain hidden and survive along with a prominent message on environmentalism. I thought it was interesting how Artemis Fowl became the primary antagonist as the story progressed. Though it was odd that as the title character he seemed more of a background character.

Overall, the story is a fun adventure with great action scenes and amusing moments that made me laugh. The story reinforces the fact that it's part of a series and hints at future fun adventures to come. I liked that the series has it's own hieroglyphic writing system and included a decipherable short story that ran along the bottom of the pages. It gave a fun interactive quality to the book and made me curious about the other books in the series.

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