Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer


Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?
Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies -- not humans -- and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.
Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly’s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind -- and the grips of a giant squid -- in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?
New York Times best-selling author Eoin Colfer delivers a knockout, fast-paced, and hilarious adventure in Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, the seventh book in the blockbuster series.


This isn't my favorite Artemis Fowl novel, but it's still a pretty good book.

In The Atlantis Complex, Artemis must go up against two foes: an enemy whom everyone had forgotten, and his own mind.

The plot was a little bit weak for me. Artemis is still clever, but a little bit more predictable this time around. The villain is also not as menacing and believable to me as Opal Koboi and the others whom Artemis have battled.

What kept this book from becoming mediocre for me was Artemis' Atlantis Complex. The depiction of OCD and how someone with OCD feels is spot on. For those who don't have OCD, his thoughts may seem silly, but for those who do have OCD, Artemis' thoughts are very familiar. His OCD and paranoia also contributed to some particularly funny scenes.

Overall, though, this book's strength is its humor and not so much the villain and how he is foiled by Artemis and his friends.

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


  1. Artemis is hilarious.
  2. You get to learn more about Holly.
  3. There's plenty of action.


  1. It doesn't feel as tightly written as the other books.

"I'm the nut!" Artemis shouted again, a little hysterically, it must be said.

  1. You're looking for a funny read.
  2. You are a fan of the Artemis Fowl series.
  3. You're curious about what it's like to have OCD.




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