Artemis Fowl Book 3: The Eternity Code



It's not great literature, but it's lots of fun.
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What parents need to know

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The main character is a criminal genius.


The violence, though cartoonish, is unusually high for a middle grade novel.

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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. Also present are 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.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Book details

Author:Eoin Colfer
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:May 6, 2003
Number of pages:336

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Teen, 15 years old Written bybrycez March 28, 2010

cool fantasy book

great fantasy story with cool action and science fiction lore
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Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byBayLLC April 25, 2010

Best Review Ever

best book ever
Teen, 14 years old Written byCP3bigplay December 31, 2009
The main character, Artemis Fowl II, is a criminal mastermind. There is also some fighting between the LEP and the Mud People. The author, Eoin Colfer, does a good job of keeping the language appropriate for readers of all ages, I think. When an LEP fairy "swares," he puts it in fairy language so we don't have any idea what it really means. The whole series is fun to read and I think anyone can read it starting around ages 8-10.


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