I was recommended this book by my next door neighbour who is an avid reader and coincidentally and ex headmistress. After admiring my bookshelf and discussing my latest reads, she recommended Colfer’s well known and respected book.
The story is based around a 12 year old boy called Artemis Fowl (bet you guessed that already). He is exceptionally intelligent and thirsty for money! Colfer introduces us to creatures that live below the earth’s surface, so there are elements of mythical/fantastical beings. Artemis endeavours to take one of these creatures hostage in return for a large sum of money. I can’t say much more, it would give away too much! Recommending without revealing vital information you shouldn’t know before reading it is challenging!
Think Alex Rider/ Percy Jackson/ Gregor the Overlander but where the main character is actually the villain. It’s an original idea, but has not ‘wowed’ me as much as I hoped it would. Sometimes that happens when people rave about a book and you get really high expectations. Worth a go if you are into this kind of genre though.
Check out the video below which was recently released by the author himself announcing new plans to make this book into a film!