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Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident (Book 2) Paperback – June 23, 2009
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Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
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The book is a fantasy novel, obviously because of the fairies in it. Now, if you enjoyed the first Artemis Fowl book, it is more then likely you will enjoy this book. If you did not enjoy the first book, then you won't like this book. Also, if you haven't read the first book, do so before reading this one. It is only reasonable to read the series in order. I know that there are some series where you can read each installment individually without having to read the others, but the Artemis Fowl series isn't like that. Yes, you might be able to sort of understand the plot and concept, but many details are used in the first book that contribute to the second. So, read the first book, if you liked the first book, buy the second one!
Now, it is time for the actual review of the content the book holds. The Arctic Incident is more action packed than the first. There are two main crucial plots going on in the story. One is a plot to overthrow the LEP, and the commander of the operation is unknown. The other is Artemis trying to rescue his father. The LEP and Artemis make a compromise to help each other with their missions. The book is written well, and the vocabulary in it would benefit anybody. The book is fast paced, but that doesn't mean it leaves out details. You will get a clear vision of the surroundings, and be able to keep anybody interested. Overall, I think this is a great book, and would recommend it to people I know. The score is a 10/10, and that is all!
The Arctic Incident takes place a few months after the events of the first Artemis Fowl book, with Artemis having received a ransom letter asking for a large sum of money in exchange for his father. The criminal mastermind is busy trying to come up with a scheme to free his father without having to pay the ransom, but as his scheming continues it becomes obvious that he will need help from the fairies if he is going to rescue his father. In the meantime, the fairy underworld is trying to combat a prolific smuggling threat, and as Commander Root and Captain Short try to come up with a plan to stop the smuggling, it becomes obvious that they will need help from Artemis Fowl. The two teams unite, and action ensues.
The first thing I noticed about this book was that the writing was cleaner, leaner, and much easier to follow. I flew through this book in a matter of hours, and I attribute this to the fact that I didn't have to do any re-reading of any sentences to try and understand the message the author was trying to convey. Also gone are the environmental and human bashing agendas - this is book that is all about character and plot, and it just works.
The character development has also seen a marked improvement since the previous outing, with Artemis, Holly and the gang all being given a few extra layers of complexity to flesh them out as more than just representations of human emotions. We get to see that there is some humanity in Artemis, and watching him play the reluctant hero may not be quite as entertaining as watching him play the criminal mastermind, but it is much more rewarding.
The Arctic Incident seems a significant improvement from the first book in a number of areas, particularly in character development and actual writing skills, but the plotting is still a bit segmented and disjointed. There are two distinct stories here, but there is hardly any integration between these stories and as a result the plot just seems to jump around haphazardly.
So two books in and I am completely sold on Artemis Fowl. If the first book doesn't convince you to read the series, then this second book almost definitely will. With all the dark, grim, gritty fantasy, out there today, Artemis Fowl and the YA crowd provides a fun, cleansing alternative.