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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.
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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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