Science Fantasy

The Time Paradox

The Time Paradox book cover
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Title:  The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl #6)

Author:  Eoin Colfer

Genre:  Fantasy

WARNING:  This review will most likely contain spoilers of the previous books, Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident, The Eternity Code, The Opal Deception, and The Lost Colony.  If you haven’t read the previous books, I recommend not reading this review.

When Artemis’s mother contracts a fatal illness, his world is turned upside-down.  The only cure is found in the brain fluid of the silky sifaka lemur.  Only one problem – the creature is extinct, due to a deal Artemis himself made years ago.  With the help of his fairy friends, he travels back in time to save the lemur.  To save his mother, Artemis will not only have to break all the rules if time travel, but defeat his most cunning adversary yet: Artemis Fowl, age ten.

Even though I’d read this book before, I remembered virtually nothing of it.  So even though I’d enjoyed rereading the previous books, this one reminded me how absoultely amazing the Artemis Fowl books are.

Artemis is definately not the heartless criminal he used to be.  In fact, he could actually be quite soft-hearted at times.  And though it doesn’t seem like he’s changed drastically through the series, he seemed like a downright saint next to himself at age ten.

The ten-year-old Artemis was a definite criminal – cold, heartless, vindictive, and brilliant.  Actually, he was about the same Artemis from the first book, Artemis Fowl.  Which is strange, because while I didn’t mind Artemis in Artemis Fowl, I hated practically the same character in this book.

I’m not going to say much about any of the other characters, because they’re pretty much the same as they were in previous books.

I’ve mentioned before that the previous books all had a middle-grade feel to them.  This one, though, was distinctly young adult.  It could be because Artemis was older, or it could be because the plot was much more convoluted than the previous books, but it definitely seemed more YA than anything.

Speaking of the plot, this was sheerly brilliant.  The fact that the “bad guy” was Artemis himself added an extra layer of both complication and fun – it was hilarious watching Artemis outsmart himself.  In an earlier review, I said that Artemis didn’t leave any room for doubt that he was going to win.  But this time, Artemis was the protagonist and antagonist – which just added to the tension.

The time travel, the Extinctionists, and the fact that everybody wanted the lemur just made it even more fun.  The previous books were funny, but this one is edge-of-your-seat tension mixed with brilliant humor.  Eoin Colfer is one of two writers I’ve found who can make me laugh in the middle of an action scene.

The previous books were great, but this one was fantastic, especially since I didn’t remember much of it.  It makes me glad I don’t remember what happens in the next book.

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