A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers can think about how this story uses time travel and how the rules of time travel work here. Mentions of landmarks in mainland Europe and Taiwan.
Friendship and loyalty are important here. Also, choosing peace over revenge and war.
Positive Role Models
While Artemis still sometimes does things for his own gain -- namely, stealing magic -- he's more focused on saving his friend and will do anything to do so. Overall, he spends more time using his smarts to help others.
Violence & Scariness
The feared death of a major character. Kidnapping and trading of hostages. Many fights with high-tech weapons and magic. Shootings, stabbings, an exploding bomb. Talk of a war with many dead demons who are exiled out of time entirely.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to Artemis' raging hormones.
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Products & Purchases
Starbucks, Apple Macintosh computers mentioned.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Eoin Colfer's The Lost Colony is the fifth book in the Artemis Fowl series. With its time travel theme, it will remind readers of Colfer's popular W.A.R.P. trilogy that came after this series. Expect plenty of fantasy action violence with bombs, shootings, stabbings, kidnappings, and the trading of hostages. A main character is feared dead. While Artemis still sometimes does things for his own gain -- namely, stealing magic -- he's more focused on saving his friends and will do anything to do so. Overall, he spends more time using his smarts to help others -- a new tack for the former criminal mastermind.
Is It Any Good?
This action-packed, time-traveling installment features a changed Artemis, more interested in helping others, especially his friends. With his brilliance, technology, family organization, and world-spanning adventuring, Artemis has become a sort of Tom Swift for the 21st century. As the series evolves, Artemis has lost the last traces of his criminal bent, almost becoming the millennial version of a Boy Scout. He and the fairies are now solidly on the same side and good friends. Even the violence has been dialed back a bit.
Five books into the series, the relationships and motivations are getting more complex, so it's best to start with the first book. Author Eoin Colfer seems to like putting Artemis up against other geniuses, but Minerva, who doesn't really mean any harm, is no Opal Koboi (for the uninitiated, she's the maniacal villain from books 2 and 4). So with The Lost Colony, the series returns to the pleasure of seeing Artemis, always in charge and unflappable, work out his complicated plans; he's not off-balance and one step behind, like in the fourth book.
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