Twelve-year-old super genius Artemis Fowl II is the son of a crime lord and he has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. However, he has decided to amass his wealth in a very different fashion: he believes he has discovered proof that faeries exist and with them comes gold, if only he can capture and ransom one.
It’s a strange book, when you don’t quite know who to root for. Artemis, the title character, may not be all bad (he clearly loves his mother and has a loyalty unusual for a criminal mastermind), but he certainly isn’t someone you should want to win. Which isn’t to say you want him to lose either, at least not everything. In the end, we get a satisfying, if somewhat predictable and expected, ending, with a promise for more.
I suppose, if we have to choose a hero, we have Captain Holly Short, the spunky faerie on an elite LEPrecon unit–the first female officer (and thus something of a test case). She is a little more reckless than she should be (not replenishing her magic when she should have and then lying about it), but when it comes down to it, she shows honor and courage in the face of danger.
Funnily enough, Artemis’s goals are similar to those of Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl–he just wants to save his father’s empire. In that regard, you actually feel bad for his predicament and want his success. Of course, his father’s empire is mafia-like in nature. (I do think the issue is dealt with better here than on the show, but that’s besides the point.)
I think this is a good start to the series and has a lot of potential, but I am not ready to put it in my top ten list. I’d like to see where the second book goes, but I don’t know if I am ready to invest in the seven plus books.