Friday, June 29, 2012

Review: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS.COM:
After disappearing for three years, Artemis Fowl has returned to a life different from the one he left. Now he's a big brother, and spends his days teaching his twin siblings the important things in life, such as how to properly summon a waiter at a French restaurant.
But when Artemis Fowl's mother contracts a life-threatening illness, his world is turned upside down. The only hope for a cure lies in the brain fluid of the silky sifaka lemur. Unfortunately, the animal is extinct due to a heartless bargain Artemis himself made as a younger boy.
Though the odds are stacked against him, Artemis is not willing to give up. With the help of his fairy friends, the young genius travels back in time to save the lemur and bring it back to the present. But to do so, Artemis will have to defeat a maniacal poacher, who has set his sights on new prey: Holly Short.
The rules of time travel are far from simple, but to save his mother, Artemis will have to break them all.and outsmart his most cunning adversary yet: Artemis Fowl, age ten. 




MY TAKE:

This Artemis Fowl book is by far, the most infuriating, confusing yet clever installment in the series.

In The Time Paradox, Artemis Fowl must go back in time to save the silky sifaka lemur, the only creature that can cure the disease that is ailing his mother. With the help of Holly, Artemis must outsmart his more ruthless younger self, and another unseen enemy.

Funnily enough, I read this book right after we watched Men in Black 3. In that movie, Agent J travels back in time to save K's life. If you're familiar with the Time Paradox, or the Grandfather Paradox, then this seems like something that can't be done. That is, if Artemis goes back to save the lemur, wouldn't the lemur still be alive in his time and he won't have to go back to save the lemur? Same goes for Agent K. The amazing thing in both instances is, that their time travel is already built in to how the story is supposed to go. If you've already seen the movie, then you'll know what I mean.

I spent the better part of this book angry at Artemis the younger. If the logic behind the entire book wasn't so amazing, I probably would have hated this book. Artemis the elder wasn't exactly in tiptop mental condition either, so his failed plans annoyed me.

Thanks to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. It tackles an interesting concept.
  2. The plot and the logic are brilliant.
  3. The book is exciting.

THE BAD:

  1. Artemis can get incredibly annoying.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
File and save, thought Artemis. Koala in Cleveland.
READ IT IF:

  1. You are an Artemis fan.
  2. You enjoy science fiction stories.
  3. You like incredible plot twists.

RATING:
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