The Eternity Code: Artemis Fowl, Book 3

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Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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High-action page-turner sequel a great summer read.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 48 reviews

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Educational Value

Teaches a little about the idea behind cryogenics. Also talks about encryption, different ways technology can advance, and why companies safeguard their secrets.

Positive Messages

Loyalty to friends is most important here. Talent and cleverness are also valued highly, and are used in teamwork. Lessons are learned about what greed can bring.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Artemis started out as a criminal in book one and continues to evolve into someone who cares about his friends. He recognizes when his own greed hurts others and tries to make amends. He puts his life in danger to help keep fairy secrets.


Butler is shot and dying at the beginning of the book and kept alive with some cryogenic principals and fairy magic. A thumb cut off and reattached, fireballs explode, a kidnaping, buildings scaled to dangerous heights. Fist fights with a nose broken and guns drawn.


"Hell" and nothing else.


Mentions of Nikes, the Bentley Artemis rides in, and the Armani suit he usually wears.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Gnomes drink beer, two fairies smoke root cigars, and a bad guy puts Cuban cigars in his mouth but doesn't light them.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Eternity Code is the third book in the popular Artemis Fowl series that includes a movie out in 2020 based on the first two books. Artemis, a teen criminal mastermind, almost gets his bodyguard killed in this installment and it takes cryogenics and fairy magic to help him. Other violence includes a thumb cut off and reattached with fairy magic, explosions, a kidnapping, a building scaled to dangerous heights, fist fights, and guns drawn. Artemis' greed gets him and his bodyguard in trouble at the beginning of The Eternity Code and he works with his friends to correct his nearly fatal mistake.

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
Kid, 11 years old December 3, 2012

My Favorite

Teen, 14 years old Written byThe Person Guy May 27, 2011

Pretty good

Im on book 4 of Artemis Fowl right now, and in my oppinion, The Eternity Code was actually one of the best. There is some violence like a sonic bomb, shooting (... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE ETERNITY CODE, 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 fantasy 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?

  • How is the Cube a bigger deal than a smart phone? What else can it do?

  • Will you read the next book in the series?

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