If you don’t know who Artemis Fowl is, stop right now; this isn’t the book for you. You want to start with the first Artemis Fowl book, when Artemis first becomes aware of the existence of fairies.
For those of you who have read the rest of the series, a quick recap. Artemis is a teenage genius (the latest book starts out on his 15th birthday), heir to a fortune, and a criminal mastermind. After his father’s disappearance, he decides to raise money by kidnapping a fairy for ransom. Unfortunately for him, the fairy he kidnaps is one very pissed off Captain Holly Short of the fairy military, and they’re now bringing their considerable technology to bear on her rescue. The author has described this book as being “Die Hard with fairies”, and this is definitely an action series. Over the next few books, Artemis becomes friends with the fairies and ends up helping them out with a number of difficult situations (and vice versa, of course).
In this, the seventh book of the series, Artemis has come up with a solution to global warming using fairy technology. He’s also racing against time, as he’s contracted a fairy disease called the Atlantis Complex, which is somewhat similar to an extreme case of obsessive compulsive disorder with a little dissociative identity disorder thrown in. Unfortunately, just as he’s about to demonstrate his solution to his fairy friends, the group is attacked by a space probe that’s supposed to be currently investigating Jupiter. The probe, it soon turns out, is on an intercept course for one of the largest fairy colonies, Atlantis..
As usual with the series, I found this to be quite a page turner; although I got it for Christmas and didn’t get around to starting it until yesterday, I read through the entire book in two sittings. If you’re already a fan of the series, you’ll be happy to know that this book is a worthy addition. If you haven’t yet read anything in the series but find yourself intrigued (or you just like action novels with a bit of fantasy thrown in), pick up a copy of the first book in the series.