Go Big or Go Home!
Reading Level: Age 10 and up
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Artemis Fowl Book 8
Literary awards: Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Honor (2013)
Opal Koboi is back and Artemis Fowl and his allies must once again come together to fight off of the largest threat facing them yet. Opal Koboi’s latest plot plunges the Lower Elements and the Human World into chaos, but that is only the beginning. With the resurrected spirits of fairy warriors protecting her Opal has one night to unlock a key with the power to wipe out all humans on the surface of the earth. Artemis must pair his cunning with Butler and Holly’s skill to stop Opal or die trying. If they should lose the loss will be too great to imagine, but if they win at what sacrifice will it come from.
My first observation while reading this book were the chunks of time I lost, because I was so caught up in the story; always a good sign. Second, was that the story launches right into the heart of things from the very beginning without a lot of needless build up ( this is not the book to read if you haven’t already invested in the series). To the very end Colfer creates another imaginative plot line, saving his biggest story for the last. He managed once again to expertly weave an action packed story that is easy to follow, with well-developed characters and humor. Always attentive to details Colfer even invests in his secondary cast of characters taking them beyond the typical one dimensional characters you usually see in other books. I also love his use of the narrator and really enjoy all the extra info and tidbits the narrator provides.
Colfer brings Artemis’ quest for change to a nice final resolution. It was really interesting to see Artemis develop over the course of the books. Usually main characters in series do not change much (i.e. Stephanie Plum Series) and that is what keeps the story moving forward. But in this case Colfer allows Artemis to take full ownership of his humanity, moving him from selfish master criminal to someone willing to sacrifice for the good of others, while not losing the characteristics that come together to make him Artemis Fowl; the intelligence, confidence, cool detachment and ability to keep his eye on the goal.
If I had to nitpick for something I didn’t like about the book it would be Foaly’s and the fairy situation underground. I feel like I had a decent amount of investment into that situation without much of a payout.
Over all I am a happy girl. While this book wasn’t my favorite in the series (that honor goes to the Eternity Code) this book was still pretty great and a worthy ending to the series.
P.S. With the wind up of this series I have decided to add them to my Chosen One’s List.
ISBN 1423161610 (ISBN13: 9781423161615)