What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the hero of this book (the third in the popular series) is a child criminal genius. Artemis, despite his mellowing, is ruthless, arrogant, and sarcastic. The violence, though cartoonish, is unusually high for a middle grade novel.
What's the story?
Artemis Fowl, 13-year-old criminal genius, sees his latest plan go awry when he tries to blackmail an American tycoon, Jon Spiro. Instead Butler is shot, and Spiro absconds with the C Cube, a supercomputer made with Fairy technology. Now Artemis must once again team up with the Fairy police to save Butler and retrieve the computer.
Is it any good?
The hallmarks of this popular series are action, suspense, and a humorous B-movie writing style, all of which are continued in this entry, along with the elements that trouble some parents -- a ruthless (though mellowing) child-criminal for a hero, and plenty of violence. Fans of the series will enjoy this one, even though they may find some of the plot convolutions confusing. If you haven't read the first two, don't try this one first -- aside from the complexity, it assumes knowledge of the earlier stories.
This may not be great literature, but given its chosen style, it's well-written -- and it's hard to imagine a summer reading book that's more fun.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about how Artemis and the other characters are changing throughout the series. Is Artemis the same criminal genius readers were introduced to in the first book? What's different about him now? Which personality traits have stayed the same?