|Submitted by Katie |
(Dec 17, 2005)
If a person were to read this novel for the first time, they might not understand why I gave it such a relatively low rating. However, on close inspection one begins to realize that first impressions aren't always correct.
This book was not as intreguing as the other novels in the series. I found that the plot was hard to follow and although the story itself is creative, it could have used a little more editing. The use of comma splices was especially noticeable. Overall, this book did not meet my expectations based on the first novel, "Artemis Fowl. I was expecting a creative, well-written novel that would achieve great success with critics, and recieved a book thats only real importance is to get you from the first instalment to the third. The plot was weak (Artemis' father is the main focus of all the conflict, and he doesn't even utter a word in the entire book) and the novel could have been edited down to about 150 pages from the 277 that it is. Also, some of the minor characters are not very deep and hard to identify with.
This book does show some personal growth in Artemis though, as he finds out that he is not the only human being (or fairy) on (or under) the planet worthy of recognition. Also, it does keep you in suspense. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good summer read when there is nothing much to do. It's amazingly funny and entertaining when read without expecting much from it. The character Mulch Diggums is especially humorous, and provides the majority of the jokes right before the climactic chapters of the novel.
This novel didn't show a lot of falling action, which I suppose is a good thing if you want people to buy the third instalment. However, if you are only reading the book for the enjoyment of it, and not the enjoyment of the series, then I wouldn't recommend it. Although there is a lot I would change about it, this novel still provides great entertainment and is worthy of being part of the "Artemis Fowl" series.