Ever the resourceful young criminal mastermind, Artemis has found a way to construct a supercomputer from stolen fairy technology. Called the "C Cube," it will render all existing human technology obsolete. Artemis then arranges a meeting with a Chicago businessman, Jon Spiro, to offer to suppress the Cube for one year in return for gold, his favorite substance. But the meeting is a trap, and Spiro steals the Cube and mortally injures Butler. Artemis knows his only hope to save Butler lies in fairy magic, so once again he is forced to contact his old rival, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrepcon fairy police. Miraculously, Butler is healed, but there is a catch: he has aged fifteen years. Thus, Butler's infamously ditzy sister, Juliet, is called in as Artemis's bodyguard. Together, they travel to Chicago to steal back the Cube and ensure that Jon Spiro is put out of business-permanently.
This is another excellent book and a good continuation of the Artemis Fowl series. The action starts right away, and starts with an event so heartbreaking I could barely continue! The wonderful pacing kept up, though, and it moved quickly past the tragedy without making light of it. The tragedy and action give the characters a chance to shine, and each one seems to have a spotlight where they show a new side of themselves. Artemis, especially, is shown to be human through the mistakes he makes which is refreshing after his near-omniscience in the other books. It is a good lesson that hubris is the downfall of the proud. The plot of the book moves along at a good clip just like the other Artemis Fowl books, and is a bit predictable but the journey has so many twists that I didn’t mind at all. The ending is nearly as heartbreaking as the beginning, but justified. I loved every page of this book and it makes me anxious to keep going in the series.
I received a copy of this book free through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review .