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Artemis Fowl Book 3: The Eternity Code

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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It's not great literature, but it's lots of fun.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 45 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

The main character is a criminal genius.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 16 year old Written byahcim3 October 1, 2009

awesome for 8 and up

until i read enders game this was my personal favorite, colfer combines a believable character that will always solve his own problems, with his own brilliant... Continue reading
Adult Written byummmm.... July 31, 2009

Amazing Book

It is easier to understand, the older you are. This book has a fine message. Although the main character (Artemis Fowl II) is a criminal genuis, he reverts to b... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBayLLC April 25, 2010
Teen, 15 years old Written bybrycez March 28, 2010

cool fantasy book

great fantasy story with cool action and science fiction lore

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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