Artemis Fowl The Atlantis Complex

Title; Artemis Fowl The Atlantis Complex
Author; Eoin Colfer
Page count; 357
Why I read it; 7th book of a series
grade C+

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 

My Review;
This book was written as well as all of the other books were but I didn't enjoy most of it as much as I enjoyed the other books for a few reasons. All of the things I liked about the other books were missing from the first half of this book. My favorite things about the Artemis Fowl books are 1- Artemis Fowl himself, I love his nasty sense of humor and his quick wit. In this book Artemis comes down with a fairy condition called The Atlantis Complex causing OCD and multiple personalities. I hated Artemis's alter personality called Orion, he was gooey and old fashioned romantic and just plain annoying. I think maybe he was supposed to come across this way but it didn't make it any more fun to read. 2- I love the adventure and the lack of romance in the Artemis Fowl books and it's starting to come out that Artemis has feelings for Holly. I'm not a big fan of that relationship, it just seems strange to me that they are a different species not to mention the age difference. 3- In the other books you get a good sense of "the bad guy" who ever it is at the time, but the author never spends too much time focusing on the story of the bad guy. In this book it seemed to me almost the first half of the book was dedicated to the bad guy. I hated the bad guy, he was evil and enjoyed the thought of torture and death but at the end of the book the author seemed to try to make him come across as a man so in love that he just made some bad choices. That would have been ok if every time the story went to him he didn't keep thinking how he was going to kill everybody even the people who were helping him and that he was going to enjoy it. 4- I love Mulch Diggums and there just wasn't enough of him until the end of the book.
So overall I would have enjoyed this book if there was more written about the main characters and less about the annoying bad guy. I did enjoy the last third of the book a lot when the main characters were involved and the action really picked up. I also liked that Juliet was more a part of the story, I have always enjoyed her character even though she has never been a main influence in any previous books. I still feel too that the story was written well enough to keep me reading the series and I am curious to see how Artemis will overcome his illness. 


Brenda said...

Good review, Felicia! I'm sorry you didn't like this one as well, and that it took you so long to get through it. Mockingjay next?

Felicia H. said...

Yes Mockingjay next, I'm very excited, hopefully I remember enough about the last book to know what is going on.