Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox
Artemis has been saving the fairy world for a long while. But now, the fairy world needs to save him. His mother has come down with some sort of magical sickness, and Artemis may be infected too. They will try and jump back in time – but will things have changed too drastically?
Artemis continues to grow as a character, and show real remorse for things he has done in the past. Now that he has a chance to change that, will he still do what is best, or will he turn his friends against him in his quest to save his mother?
This book is yet another fascinating plot by Colfer. The twists, the turns, every book has something entirely new to offer. I think that the plot is just as compelling as the previous books in the series, and it doesn’t interfere in any way as some other series later books seem to. It provides more back story, while also pushing Artemis forward.
The concept of time comes up again and again in the books. In the first book, a time stop makes it possible for Artemis to escape a blue bio bomb. In the book before this one, Artemis misses 3 whole years of his life. I feel like this is something Colfer is pushing – make the most of the time you have, particularly with your family before it is too late.
Also evident in these books is a love of the environment, and sadness at having destroyed it. Artemis tries to right the wrongs of the past, but things can never go right for him completely. The kraken adds a hint of humour to the book, but really, it is very sad that species are going extinct. The Extinctionists are a disgusting touch that really crown the concept in this book.
What I felt was missing was more development between Minerva and Artemis. Suddenly there seems to be something between Artemis and Holly! That can’t be right surely it’s just a working relationship? I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out.
I’d recommend this book to teenagers and children alike. It’s not all that different in the type of content, so if you liked the first books, this one will just continue the enjoyment for you.
As you can see from this review, and the last one I posted, the covers to these books are different to the first four in my set. This makes me a little sad, especially considering the books now have yet another cover. A friend in the industry tells me that changing the cover is a marketing ploy to get new readers to pick up the books – but it just annoys people like me who are trying to collect a whole set.