Two faces of Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl is happy. Very happy. Unnervingly so. His latest scheme is to reverse global warming and save the world. He’s being heroic. Its unnerving.

He keeps taking and counting in multiples of five as well. Holly Short notices the problem and diagnoses Atlantis Complex. Artemis’s mind has been addled by his magical adventures. However before she and Foaly can begin to help him, they are attacked by a swarm of self-organising bots and their craft destroyed.

Meanwhile Butler is sent to Cancun to rescue his sister, Juliet, and so is not around to protect Artemis. Juliet’s career as a wrestler comes to an abrubt end as they are kidnapped (after nearly being squished by a flashmob crowd).

Both end up in the hands of Turnbull Root who, despite being magicless (unmagicked?), has escaped from maximum security prison and returned to his true love, Lenora. Time has not been kind to his love and he is forced to accept her humanity and aging, unable to continue reversing it.

Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex turns into a book of consquences as Colfer muses on the effects of earlier causes. Rather than being caught by the Mafia or similar, Fowl has come to the end of his tether anull is d there is a price to be paid for the close shaves. There is only so much that the mind can take and Fowl splits into two personalities and we are introduced to Orion, the temporary construct. Somehow Artemis needs to begin to make his own peace with himself. Turnbull is in a similar position finding himself saying “ye gods” and realising that he does ‘sound old’ (page 112). When it all comes to a climax, it is Lenora who makes the choice for Turnbull and perhaps this is core of the story.

Fowl makes his choices and learns to live with them; Turbull’s failure is that he does not take responsibility for himself. Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex is a fun romp with a serious side to it. Under the derring do, there is a deconstruction of the all-conquering (anti-)hero. Thoughtful and fun; a fantastic mix.

Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex, Eoin Colfer (Puffin, London, 2010)

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One Response to Two faces of Artemis Fowl

  1. The Nerd says:

    The boy genius Artemis Fowl can’t be nasty anymore, is a hilarious thought, kudos to Eoin Colfer for this (but this blog sounds very serious)

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