Artemis Fowl Book 3: The Eternity Code

Common Sense Media says

It's not great literature, but it's lots of fun.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

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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.

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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Kid, 10 years old August 31, 2009

Great Book.

Really good like the rest of the novels. Artemis' ingenius plan saves the day and some guys thumb gets cut off but thats pretty much all the violence.
Kid, 7 years old December 13, 2010

New Great Book

I love it. All of the Artemis Fowl books (I haven't read all of them, but I have gotten through book 5) are interesting. My favorite part is when he explains the tiny computer -- I think it's a pretty cool design. Basically, what I am getting at is: read the books!
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Kid, 12 years old April 19, 2011

Hilarious, with especially impressive characters.

By far one of my favorite Artemis Fowl books! Unfortunately, I've only read this one once, but I remember it clearly for it's humor and amazing plot. While it may be confusing for anyone who hasn't read the books before it, (equally amusing) the book is a welcome addition to the series. Spiro is among one of my favorite antagonists, and I am still hoping for an appearance in the eighth book! (I still chuckle whenever I remember his taunts towards Artemis's name.) However, as a devoted Artemis Fowl fan, I'm a bit confused as to how the action could be labeled "cartoony." The protagonists (whether human or fairy) are intelligent and inventive, thus their creation of sophisticated weapons. Foaly himself would probably prefer "innovative" or "visionary" than cartoony, but I might just be being a bit stingy with that.
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