Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Bravo to Eoin Colfer for writing a book that is fun, engaging, exciting, and yet still reads like a sophisticated piece of literature. Colfer manages to retain the integrity of good writing while creating a world young people will truly enjoy reading about.
Organized crime, kidnapping, mysterious disappearances, robbery, high-tech weaponry, and...fairies! This is not some rainbow-hugging, frilly, dancing unicorn book. This is a suspenseful adventure novel that appeals to all gender identities while including soldiers and creatures of fantasy.
Artemis Fowl comes from a long line of high-class criminals. He lives the posh life in Fowl Manor in Ireland, which has been in his family for generations. His housemates include his bodyguard (Butler), Butler's sister (Juliette), and Artemis' delusional mother (Angeline). His father has been missing ever since the Russian Mafia sunk his boat filled with Coca-Cola merchandise somewhere off the Kola peninsula.
Artemis is a 12 year old genius with an IQ to rival Einstein. He is also a master criminal. He also has proof that fairies exist!
The Fowl Family fortune has been depleted as of late and Artemis is determined to replenish it by any means possible. He needs more money to try and look for his missing father, whom Artemis refuses to believe is dead. He plans to use his unique knowledge of The People (fairies) to garner a large sum of gold ingots. His plan is to force The People (fairies) into giving up their gold by kidnapping one of their best officers, Holly Short. However...Holly is not your average elf!
Artemis may have met his match.
This is the first of 8 books in the Artemis Fowl series. I highly recommend this series to avid readers who love fantasy and adventure.