“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.”
When I first added this book to my library, I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. As far as I knew it was a work of children’s fiction which many people had read and talked about, but no one seemed all that crazy over these days. Finally, after some deliberation, I decided to pick this book up and read it, since it had been sitting on my TBR shelf for months. Trying to go into it with an open mind and no expectations was the way I decided to go about it. In the end, I was extremely pleasantly surprised with what I found inside this little gem, so here I am reviewing this story, which has quickly become a favorite of mine.
My favorite part about this book is that it appeals to so many age groups. Everything about it seems to want to reach out to as many different kinds of readers as possible. First you have the combination of fantasy mixed with modern day, which is a type of genre crossover that I think a lot of different readers can appreciate. Then you have your incredibly young anti-hero, who can be said to be both the protagonist and antagonist of his own story. You’re introduced to a unique family setting, which can appeal to people who have non-traditional families themselves. And these qualities, combined with excellent writing and story development, laid the ground work for this book to become one of the most memorable reads of the month of March for me.
The best part of this book for me was Eoin’s ability to add a fantasy element to his world, which is supposed to be just like reality, without having me suspend my disbelief all that much. The magical occurrences are well explained, without being overly complex, which makes this book easy for children of all ages, as well as adults, to enjoy thoroughly. Another excellent element added by Colfer was the little innuendos that made this book really enjoyable for a young adult reader like me. Every once in a while Eoin would add a little joke or detail that it was obviously placed there for the enjoyment of an older reader. That was something I was quite appreciative of and it made me think about what a great book this would be to read with your kid. Despite this being a book that is clearly directed toward younger readers, there are so many mature elements, and it is such a rich tale of intrigue and good vs evil, that I land firmly on the side of this being a story for all ages.
In the end, I gave this story a 5 star rating on Goodreads, and I am really looking forward to reading the next installment. If you have been looking for a lighthearted read that can tickle your adult side while also speaking to the kid in you, I highly recommend Artemis Fowl #1 as the next story you pick up.
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