Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl is a novel about the adventures of a child prodigy with a secret race of technologically advanced fairies and other magical creatures, thus perfectly blending the genres of sci-fi and fantasy. Despite his arrogance and maniacal love of money, he survives throughout the novel due to his extraordinary intelligence. Near the beginning of the novel, he forms a plot to extort gold from the hidden fairies by kidnapping and ransoming a certain fairy named Holly Short. This sends him into a great adventure involving dwarves, “leprechauns,” pixies, and a centaur. The resulting novel is a fantastic read for all young adults, especially those fond of the sci-fi and/or fantasy genres.
Review by Colin M.