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Artemis Fowl Book 4: The Opal Deception
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this book isn't meant for literary discussions, but if you must, Artemis does consider the morality of his actions. Having a child criminal genius as the hero troubles some parents: Artemis, despite his mellowing, is ruthless, arrogant, and sarcastic.
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What's the story?
At the end of the last Artemis Fowl book, The Eternity Code, young criminal genius Artemis and Butler had their memories wiped so that they would no longer remember what they knew about the Lower Elements -- fairies, goblins, centaurs, etc. But you knew Artemis would have some clever plan to get his memory back, didn't you? As it turns out, though, his plan doesn't work fast enough. His old adversary/friend Holly Short needs his help -- Opal Koboi has escaped and is planning both revenge and world domination, and only Artemis is clever enough to oppose her.
But Opal, who is as smart as Artemis, quickly gets the upper hand, and has Artemis and Holly playing defense as her plans fall into place one by one -- plans that include humiliating and discrediting Holly before she is killed. Now they are on the run both from Opal, and from the LEP, whom Opal has fooled into thinking that Holly has gone renegade.
Is it any good?
Fans of the series who were horrified to think it would end as a trilogy will be thrilled to see this new episode. While it can be read without reading the previous books, it's not recommended. Even with lots of exposition, it's pretty confusing without the context. It maintains the strengths of the series: fast pacing, suspense, smarty-pants humor, B-movie dialogue and plotting, and unusual settings.
Artemis is considerably softened up here, a process begun in the previous book and now accelerated. At times he is almost, well, nice -- which may disappoint some readers even as parents breathe a sigh of relief.