Review: Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony
Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl is on the hunt for fairy creatures once more, but this time he’s not the only one looking. On a island out of time, the demons are massing for an attack on the human world – but Number One doesn’t feel like he belongs. How are the two going to intercollide? The demon’s world is falling apart, and once again, Artemis is the only one who can save them.

Artemis has developed into such a likeable character. He’s good friends with Holly and Mulch, sure, he doens’t have much contact with Foaly, but it’s all good natured bickering. Suddenly though, there is another child genius on the scene, one who isn’t as sympathetic to fairies.

It’s a little predictable that the other child genius is a girl named Minerva. Artemis is noticeably older and his hormones are interfering. Minerva seems to give up just a little bit too easily for my liking, and I’d love to see a bit more cracking of Artemis’ shell. Maybe in the next book?
The plot of this novel is enjoyable. The introduction of a 8th fairy colony is subtle, and doesn’t interfere with any of the storylines in the past. It’s great how Colfer has still stuck to the idea of Artemis helping out, but making the ending different. I’m really not explaining myself well – just read it!
The ending of this novel is a real cliffhanger! Noone, even Artemis, knows where they are going to end up. Maybe this time Artemis can’t get out of it. He’s still sneaky though, a bit of magic never did anyone any harm right?
I’d recommend this book for teenagers and children. There are some more interesting quirks in the book, but nothing a bit of brain power can’t sort out. An enjoyable read for sure, and an easy one. It’s compelling – I didn’t get any work done today in order to read it! Taking a break between the books in the series was the right decision.

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