The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
Digital Audiobook narrated by Nathaniel Parker
Published by Scholastic Inc. on May 1st, 2002
Series: Artemis Fowl #2
Genres: Faeries, Fantasy, Fiction, Irish Mythology, Young Adult
Length: 277 pages or 6 hours
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The world's youngest, brightest, and most dangerous mastermind is back.
Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he suddenly receives an urgent video e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from his father, who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya. As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police. But this time, instead of battling the fairies, he is going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.
The Arctic Incident is my least favorite of the Artemis Fowl books. It has its merits. This novel builds a relationship between Artemis and the fae, and it strengthens Artemis’ family. That said, I find it more boring than the other books?
I know, right? Give me a long lost father and a goblin rebellion, and I’m still not pleased. I’m a tough nut to crack sometimes. When reading a long series, it’s really easy to compare books. The Opal Deception? Hands down, my favorite. The Arctic Incident? Not loving it. And I don’t have great reasons – I just have trouble focusing on this one. If I had to pick, I just find the Russia portions a bit tedious.
That said, lets talk about what I do like.
I like Foaly, and I like Mulch Diggums.
Eoin Colfer’s writing style has always appealed to me – I think he’s light and witty. When he completed the sixth Hitchhiker’s Trilogy book (And Another Thing), I was thrilled. This writing style shines particularly in his comedic characters. Mulch and Foaly are both quirky, fun characters to read. Foaly – the paranoid centaur who manages the LEP tech – keeps the other characters in line even while his stuff is chaotic. Mulch is his completely opposite – this greedy dwarf swoops into the book stealing Academy Awards and hiding in plain sight. He causes trouble, Foaly helps clean it up. I love both these characters, even when I may be bored with the story line of others.
Here’s the thing about second books – more often than not, if you push your way through book two, book three is excellent. In the case of the Artemis Fowl series, struggling through The Arctic Incident will allow the reader to get into the rest of the series.
The rest of the series is really good.
So, if you’re stuck on The Arctic Incident as I so often am… hang in there.