by Eoin Colfer
“Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.” -Goodreads
Back in fifth grade, about the year 2003, a friend of mine gave me the fourth Artemis Fowl book for my birthday (not knowing I hadn’t read or owned any of the others). This event led me to purchasing the rest of the series (at that time only four books were out). As it has been about twelve years since I first read of Artemis Fowl’s exploits, I forgot most of the storyline, resultantly re-reading the book now was like reading it for the first time.
I’ve always been intrigued by the cover of this novel, particularly as a curious child. The locked book with the funny looking characters on it makes it look mysterious. Looking back on it now I realize the book symbolizes the fairy book that comes up in the first chapter of the novel.
Despite the target audience of the novel being children, I was still able to get fully engaged into the story as an adult. Colfer writes in a style that allows the reading to relive a scene through multiple characters. At first we may see Artemis’s perspective and his lack of comeback for the lollipops retort, and then we see the same scene through Holly (the fairy)’s eyes.
Colfer also imagined some great characters such as Butler. Butler is a great (overprotective) brother to his little sister Juliet and a great friend and protector to Artemis. Also he is basically a badass. Artemis, while he is a genius, seems to have a social interaction disorder, kind of like Walter on CBS’s Scorpion (Great show!). The little genius doesn’t realize that he has a weakness, and that is his family. Now for the non-human characters, Holly is a badass. She is strong, independent and doesn’t like being singled out because she’s a girl. Additionally she is one of the few fairies who has compassion for humans. My favorite of the fairy folk is Foaly. He is a centaur who is also a tech genius. He is the reason fairy technology is eons beyond that of fairy.
Over all I definitely recommend the story. It is a quick read, and as an adult if you read it in public, most people can’t recognize that you are reading a children’s book.