Book review. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Good fun if you
don’t want to think

My daughter and I have just finished reading Artemis Fowl:  The Eternity Code, it is the third book in the Artemis Fowl series, the first I’ve read and the second my daughter has.

Artemis is a fourteen year-old boy from Ireland. However, he is not like most boys, he is heir to a large crime empire, he’s a genius, and he also has connections with “the people”. Fairies who live underground and hold vastly superior technology to anything we “mud people” have.

Artemis has used the fairy technology to build a super computer, unfortunately it falls into the wrong hands and it is up to Artemis, and his friends to make sure that knowledge of the fairy world and their brilliant inventions does not escape.

Eternity Code manages to deliver the slickness and pace of a good heist story, the drawl one liners of Raymond Chandler and an imaginative contemporary take on magical people’s with not a wizard or powdered wig in sight.  Eternity Code makes no profound statements, but then it doesn’t have to.  It’s fun, imaginative and full of energy.  I would recommend it as a good book for all children, but particularity for those who you wouldn’t necessarily consider a “bookish” type.

I interviewed my daughter about the book, but I don’t think it was really the right time.

Me:  What made you chose this book to read?

Milla:  Because I’ve read others in the series.  There’s actually nine of them.

Me:  What is it that you like about the series?

Milla:  Well, what is it that you like about any book?

Me: Well, different books can have different things that attract you to them.  Like the setting, or characters.  So what was it that made you like this one?

Milla:  It.  It’s ok.  I’m really tiered and I want to watch the TV.

Me:  Just two more questions?  Who do you think would like this book?

Milla:  Kids.

Me:  What type of kids?

Milla:  Kids.  Are we done now?



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