Sunday, 3 October 2010

Review: Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer

Series:Artemis Fowl (book 7 of 8)
Genre:Speculative Fiction (Sci-Fi + Fantasy)
Age Group:10+ (Children/Young Adult)
Format: Paperback , 336 pages
Publisher: Puffin (an imprint of Penguin Group)
Release Date: 2nd August 2010
Source:Review Copy from Penguin
ISBN: 9780141328041

- Penguin Site 
- Read an Extract


Cover love? Hell yeah, this cover is SERIOUSLY AWESOME! Check out the pic on the right, taken with my camera. I couldn't keep my eyes off it - it was glowing and shining and sparkling. And, it was glossy!

Okay, so the flash on my camera may have helped induce the rainbows a little bit. But still!

Artemis Fowl's criminal ways have finally got the better of him . . .   

Young Artemis has frequently used high-tech fairy magic to mastermind the most devious criminal activity of the new century. Now, at a conference in Iceland, Artemis has gathered the fairies to present his latest idea to save the world from global warming. But Artemis is behaving strangely – he seems different. Something terrible has happened to him . . .

 Artemis Fowl has become nice.

 The fairies diagnose Atlantis Complex – that's obsessive compulsive disorder to you and me – dabbling in magic has damaged his mind. Fairy ally Captain Holly Short doesn't know what to do. Because the subterranean volcanoes are under attack from vicious robots and Artemis cannot fight them. Can Holly get the real Artemis back ­­­before the robot probes destroy every human and life form. - from Penguin Aus site

For those that have not yet read the glory that is Artemis Fowl, what are you waiting for? Artemis Fowl chronicles the (mis-)adventures of criminal-mastermind-genius-superboy Artemis Fowl, the heir to a criminal fortune. Aided by his bodyguard, Butler, Artemis discovers a world of underground fairies with a battalion of high-tech weaponry, and is involved in a series of heart-racing missions.

Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex is the seventh book in the octalogy, with the eighth to be released in the near future. In this latest installment, Artemis has developed what is known as the "Atlantis Complex" - a complex mix of OCD, disillusioned dementia and multiple personality disorder. And he has decided to become "good".

With plans to save the world, Artemis and his friends embark on a mission that goes horribly, horribly wrong, as Artemis sinks further into the Complex. Will Captain Holly Short, Butler, Juliet, Foaly and Mulch get the gang out of mortal peril? And will Artemis recover from the Atlantis Complex in time to execute one of his brilliant escape plans?

Eoin Colfer is, once again, a brilliant children's author. He combines his fast-paced adventure writing style with a descriptive intelligence that entices the young reader into wanting more. The book is a simple but energetic read - perfect for boys and girls of any age - with a plot to draw everyone in. It's completely clean, with humorous glimpses of romance.

Artemis Fowl may have lost his grip on reality, but he certainly hasn't lost his touch for indignant humour...especially when the reader sees his alter ego coming out and hilarity ensues. Eoin Colfer is a genius in his own right, a genius for creating characters with amazing dynamics and personality. From the dwarf Mulch Diggums to the villain Turnball, the characters are distinguishable, unique and lovable.

But Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex goes one level deeper, with a hidden moral/theme. Eoin teaches us that even the bad guys have reasons, and that there is always at least a little bit of good in everyone. And that every being has the capacity to love.

So hold your breath, and buckle up. Because Artemis Fowl has a killer plotline (literally), dynamic action scenes, and a humorous setting that will blow you away.