10 September 2012

Artemis Fowl (Book 7): The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer

Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?

Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies -- not humans -- and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.

Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly’s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind -- and the grips of a giant squid -- in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?

New York Times best-selling author Eoin Colfer delivers a knockout, fast-paced, and hilarious adventure in Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, the seventh book in the blockbuster series.

I must say this book was terribly disappointing. Maybe by reading them all in succession I am burning out on Artemis Fowl. Or maybe it is showing that Colfer burned out. I am not sure. Either way, though, I downright disliked this book. Artemis’ disease is confusing and seems contrived in some places and completely random in others, as if Colfer rolled a dice to see what would happen next. The villains are completely out of left field, and I really felt that it would have been better if they were connected to someone we knew previously like Opal Koboi. Perhaps that’s just my Opal crush talking ;) The pacing seems a bit off, too, slowing down in places to almost boringly expositionary. Perhaps it is just that too much new stuff was thrown at us: new villains, a new disease, too many deaths and changes in fairy land. I’m getting nervous about buying book 8, I hope that the years of distance can bring back the series I loved.

I received a copy of this book free through NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

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