Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox" review

Artemis Fowl is one of the most dynamic, changing characters I've ever read, and his story arc is one that doesn't fail to enthrall. It's been two years since The Lost Colony, book 5, came out, and this new one has a big job to do. Can it do it?
In a word, yes.

After disappearing for three years, Artemis Fowl has returned to a life different from the one he had. Now he's a big brother, and spends his days teaching his twin siblings the important things in life, such as how to properly summon a waiter at a French restaurant.

But when Artemis's mother contracts a deadly illness, his world is turned upside-down. The only hope of a cure lies in the brain fluid of the silky sifaka lemur. Unfortunately, the animal is extinct, due to a heartless bargain Artemis himself made as a younger boy.

Though the odds are stacked against him, Artemis is not willing to give up. With the help of his fairy friends, the young genius travels back in time to rescue the lemur and bring it to the present. But to do so, Artemis will have to defeat a maniacal poacher who has set his sights on new prey: Holly Short.

The rules of time travel are far from simple, but to save his mother, Artemis will have to break them all... and outsmart his most cunning adversary yet: Artemis Fowl, age ten.

This was an enjoyable thrill ride from start to finish, and I finished it in one day. Artemis's exploits never fail to entertain, and the action, humor, and drama are as fresh here as they were in book 1. This book also seems to tie up most of the loose ends in the series, and could function as a final novel if Eoin Colfer so desires. But I, for one wouldn't mind seeing the teenage mastermind once again.

My rating: 9.5/10

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