Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Digital Audiobook narrated by Nathaniel Parker
Published by Scholastic Inc. on May 3rd, 2001
Series: Artemis Fowl #1
Genres: Children's, Faeries, Fantasy, Fiction, Irish Mythology, Young Adult
Length: 280 pages or 5 hours, 58 minutes
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Who is Artemis Fowl? A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is not twelve years old. Yet crafty as he is, Artemis may have met his match in Captain Holly Short, and elf from the LEPrecon Special Forces, when he plots to steal the richest treasure the world has ever known- the timeless treasure of the fairies!
I am hopelessly enamored by my childhood favorites.
From The Immortals to Harry Potter to His Dark Materials, the books I read in middle school and high school still remain my sentimental favorites. I read them over and again, and mostly just applaud myself for my excellent taste.
Artemis Fowl is, undoubtedly, my favorite teen boy hero. And yes, that means I like him better than both Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. I like both their books fine, but Artemis himself takes the cake. He’s a genius, inventive, confident, and captured an elf. Sure – Harry and Percy fought gods and supervillain wizards. But they don’t use big words and trick entire species of people for a ton of 24-karat gold.
The other fantastic thing about Artemis is that everything he accomplishes is by his own cunning. Artemis doesn’t have magic, or demi-god powers. He’s just really smart.
As a middle-grade novel, Artemis Fowl is short and sweet. Most the book revolves around a rescue operation that goes terribly wrong. It can be easily read in an afternoon, but it’s well-written enough that it doesn’t seem overly simplified. It’s the type of thing even an adult could enjoy (as long as they don’t mind the underground fairy network and twelve-year-old protagonist). It’s intelligent, creative, and has clever, understated humor that takes you by surprise. It’s dry, but it’s really good.
With the film coming in 2019 with some big names attached (Kenneth Branagh, Judy Dench), Artemis Fowl is definitely worth a read. It’s a fun, quick read with quirky and interesting characters, a snappy writing style, and a straightforward plot. There’s a total of eight books in the series, and both Artemis and Holly grow and mature with each book until it’s strange to look back on Artemis Fowl and think he was s young.
I really love this book – have read and listened to it multiple times – and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fun, fantasy read.