Saturday, 25 September 2010

Review: Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex - Eoin Colfer

The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl, Book 7)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?
Artemis is showing symptoms of Atlantis Complex when he meets up with his fairy acquaintances in a remote location to present them with his latest project. Captain Holly Short notices his obsession with the number five, right down to the fact  he will only speak in multiples of five words. Before she can do anything about it though everything goes wrong and Artemis ends up getting zapped by a Neutrino. As a result he ends up locked inside his own mind with his alter-ego, Orion, becoming the dominant personality. Just at a time when they need Artemis' cunning and genius, they're stuck with the 'nice' version of him who's entire plan of getting out of the mess is to build a bivouac or search for magic stones that can grant wishes.

Colfer's writing is as witty and sharp as ever and full of action and detail. All the usual characters are back and as we love them. I did however feel that the plot was lacking something somehow, usually there's more surprises in store and the end was also a little ... meh. I also found it a little slow going in places, particularly once Orion had made his appearance. Okay, he was entertaining and all butto me it was odd that for a good proportion of the book there was essentially no Artemis, and well, it is an Artemis Fowl book after all. He might be snarky, arrogant and cocky but that's why we love him.

I enjoyed reading Atlantis Complex but compared to the other books in the series it wasn't the best, in my opinion. 

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