Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer

A long solitary road trip was made very enjoyable as I was accompanied by this audiobook of Artemis Fowl and the cast of Fairie characters drawn from the YA series by Irish author Eoin Colfer.
Again, the narrative is filled with loads of action and good-hearted characters who are fighting the bad guys and trying to stay alive via a raft-full of high tech devices invented by young teen Artemis and Foley, the centaur.
However, Artemis is not himself in this book. He is suffering from a rare mental illness most likely caused by guilt. He surfaces with an alternate personality who is smitten with the female Captain Holly Short of the LEP (Fairie Police Force). The whole story is riddled with funny episodes, and also features a sympathetic villain. This is a bit of a departure for the AF series, and has garnered some unfavorable reviews from some of the young readers who usually eat up the action-packed novels. I’m sure Eoin Colfer was ready for Artemis to show another side to his personality as the boy matures and comes-of-age. Remember, Harry Potter and his friends had some negative personality episodes as they grew up, too!

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