Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Title:  Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex
Author:  Eoin Colfer
Format:  Hardcover
Pages:  368
Genre:  Fantasy/Children's
Series #:  7 of ??
Read:  December 2010

Rating:  A-

Description (from publisher):  Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?

Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies -- not humans -- and most likely triggered by Artemis s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.

Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly's past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind -- and the grips of a giant squid -- in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?

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I almost thought I'd never get through the first chapter of this book.  If I had to read one more over-the-top simile, I was going to chuck the book at a wall.  The first few paragraphs were overloaded with simile after simile after simile.  And while they were entertaining, after the tenth one, it gets old.  Luckily, Colfer put that part-of-speech to rest shortly and didn't continue the theme throughout the book, making this a great addition to the Artemis Fowl collection.

In this book, Artemis Fowl suffers from a condition known as the Atlantis Complex, which manifests itself as paranoia and multiple personality disorder.  Artemis' other self, Orion, is his complete opposite-- carefree, optimistic, and embarrassingly outspoken, especially when it comes to his feelings for Holly.  Their interactions are the most humorous parts of the book.  There's lots of adventure and fun, and fans of the series will not be disappointed.  A-

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