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The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, Book 3) Paperback – July 14, 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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This book reads easy but not too simple so it will keep their interest. Probably better suited for a boy than girl, as it continues with a steady diet of flatulence humor, as did its predecessor.
This story surrounds Opal Koboi. It involves clones, high tech gadgets, and takes the young reader on a journey of Fowl after his mind has been erased of memories of faries and the such.
If your child liked the first books, he will enjoy this one as well.
I was basically impressed. When I read reviews of this book and heard stories about it, I was intrigued. I was a bit worried though thinking it would be a bit too childish. Now I am not sure if this book targeted children. Yes, the main character is only twelve years old, but to say he acts much older would be beyond understatement.
One slight nit-pick I have about the story. For a character whose name is the title of the book, he is not in it very much. Sure, he is central to the story, but not much focus is placed on him. Instead, we spend a lot of our time with the faeries and see all the buffoonery that ensues in their culture. And they are buffoons.
I think that is the real genius behind this story. Artemis is a criminal doing illegal things. He does show later on that, he does have a heart and a conscious, but he is a career criminal. How do you make people sympathize with somebody like that? You show his victims as people whom you would like to be victimized. Colfer does this very well.
The faeries have a society that is not above things like corruption, arrogance and prejudice. Their actions are intended to be comical and they are. These faeries are so full of themselves you want them to be taken down a notch.
This may be a good book to read for your children but you may want to read it yourself before exposing them to it. There is what some may refer to as "bathroom humor," and a twelve-year-old criminal to consider.
Artemis Fowl is a criminal genius. He also happens to be a 12-year-old boy who is all but orphaned. Accompanied by his bodyguard-cum-assistant Butler and Butler's teen sister Juliet, Artemis sets out to kidnap a fairy for the purposes of obtaining fairy gold in order to restore his family's fortune and hopefully help his mother, who has had a nervous breakdown after his father disappeared. Artemis manages to kidnap the fairy, but things don't go exactly as planned.
I seem to have been running into a lot of fairy books lately, and the majority of them portray the fey as evil, or at best, mischievous. Colfer turns it around, with fairies maybe being the good ones, and humanity, with its lack of environmental awareness, being the bad guys. Artemis is a criminal genius, but he's one with a conscience, which bodes well for the rest of the series for me.
This is definitely a series designed with boys in mind, from the cool weapons to the hijinks (OMG, did I really use that word?) Artemis and company get up to. My daughter was also addicted before she moved on to the likes of vampires and young adult romance, but I can see my boys reading these books.
Note: I received this book from Disney/Hyperion for free through NetGalley.