It seems as if I had read this series a long time ago. Recently I started wanting to get over thinking about books that aren't out yet, like House of Hades or Divergent #3, so I read Artemis Fowl to make me feel... younger, you can say. So here I am, deciding to review it since Shena mentioned Artemis in this post and I just have to address the series, and how much I love everything about it from the boy to the plot, and even the name itself.
I admit one of the reasons I decided to pick up this series again is because of Artemis, the Goddess of the Hunt. As you all know, I'm getting Percy Jackson heart attacks ever since Mark of Athena. Another reason is that one of my best friends gave me the Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl #4) as a birthday gift and I haven't picked it up since then.
So, I guess I better start reviewing a book that couldn't be properly reviewed because of how awesome it is.
Since it's been awhile, fangirling has died down a bit, so you don't have to be worried about sudden screaming. Does that mean the book is good? Oh, yes. It's a great book. But you guys know me- I fall in love with almost every book I read. Anyway, possible spoilers ahead.
Artemis Fowl is about a millionaire, boy genius, and above all a criminal mastermind. However, even he doesn't know what he's taken on when he decides to deal with fairies. Over time, as he lands into various troubles, Artemis learns things that his genius can't teach him.
One thing I really liked was, of course, the main character. Artemis Fowl. At the first page, he already captured me. Fowl by name, foul by heart- but he does have that side inside him that he never shows, but it's there. He does love his mom, even if he was always formal with her, even after she fell into a depression when Artemis Sr. got lost in the Atlantic. Over time, he has shown great character development- even turning good. Gasp! Yep. He's not your average save the world hero- he can't even run without tripping. That's something people can relate to. I envy his brilliance, but I can't believe how undeniably evil he was. I pity, but I despise him. It's amazing- and unbelievable- how Colfer breathes life into him to make him so... believable. And magical.
I love all the other characters too. Butler was amazing! Of course, I laughed with Mulch, and enjoyed watching Foaly and Artemis compete their geniuses. In the first book, I ship Artemis and Juliet, then there's Artemis and Minerva, and then Artemis and Holly comes and crashes it all. C'mon. I shipped Artemis and Minerva so hard! Both geniuses named after the gods. I was SO fangirling over when Artemis was said something like, "Learn from someone who had already made the mistake". The great Artemis Fowl? To someone he hardly knew? There's gotta be something in there! Sadly, Minerva didn't appear in books other than The Lost Colony. I know people don't like her, but I do.
Usually I'd root for the good guys in story, but... who exactly is good here in the first book? I hoped Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon unit got away, but I didn't want Artemis to lose either. As the series progresses, white and black becomes clearer, and Artemis grows more and more through his heart.
Sure, it may have too many plots for each book, but the ending, so fitting... and so touching... made me so sad to say goodbye to this.
When I put this book down, I can say with conviction that I had learned something from this. Not to be melodramatic, but I guess that's what all good books are about. I can just imagine standing on the side as Artemis starts the whole new adventure, rescues his father from the Arctic, got his memory wiped and regained, fight Opal, travel through time, struggle with the Atlantis Complex, and finally, I felt so proud as he sacrificed himself the save the world- but his genius could save him yet again.
So, in conclusion, thank you to Colfer for giving me Artemis Fowl. How did you like the book? Comment below!