Title: The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl #7)
Author: Eoin Colfer
WARNING: This review will likely contain spoilers of the previous books, Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident, The Eternity Code, The Opal Deception, The Lost Colony, and The Time Paradox. I highly recommend you not read this review unless you’ve read the previous books.
When Artemis commits his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy, it seems that goodness has taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind. But the truth is Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, and multiple personality disorder. But the Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?
Like with The Time Paradox, even though I’ve read this book before, I remembered virtually nothing of it. Which made it an absolutely thrilling read.
Artemis was by far the most fascinating thing about this book. He’s a genius, after all, and when his brain turns against him…. Paranoia and OCD and multiple personalities certainly made this interesting (and humorous, especially when Artemis’s other personality, Orion, was around. Orion the romantic idiot was as far a cry from Artemis the calculating genius as it’s possible to get). While it was somewhat sad to see my favorite genius reduced to counting words to please the number gods, it was also uproariously funny at times.
The main focus of the plot was on Artemis and his battle with his brain, which means the other characters didn’t get much attention. In fact, they seemed about the same as they were in previous books.
Actually, the book was focused so much on Artemis losing his mind that the plot (and the villain) weren’t as dangerous as usual. I didn’t really mind it while reading, but I also didn’t feel there was much of an external threat. The villain just wanted to save his wife.
I totally enjoyed the book, despite the lack of an external threat factor (or maybe because of the focus on Artemis, I’m not sure). And due to the fact that the book ended before one plot thread was totally tied off, I’m left wondering if that plot thread will carry over into the next book.
Quick random side note: I just discovered that Eoin is pronounced “Owen,” not “Ian” like I had been pronouncing it. Pronunciation guides are definitely a good thing.