The Arctic Incident
Artemis Fowl #2
MG science fiction
Review copy from NetGalley
Twelve-year-old billionaire genius Artemis Fowl is back and close to finding his father. He's finally discovered a connection between the lost ship carrying Fowl Senior and the Russian Mafiya, but on his way to learn more, he's interrupted by none other than his old LEPrecon friends, or possibly nemeses, Commander Root and Captain Holly Short. They have problems of their own.
I enjoyed this book more than the first, partly because there was more going on and partly because Artemis started to develop something that might eventually resemble a conscience. As far as the first goes, the fairies are dealing with goblin attacks and a mortal selling fairies human weapons. Root, Holly, and centaur Foaley, having some experience with Artemis Fowl, immediately suspect Artemis. Involving him in the investigation leads to some hilarious and extremely dangerous hijinks, and in the face of peril and near death, the characters show a bit of their softer sides. They then proceed immediately to deny the existence of any such side, of course.
It will be interesting to see the changes in the series after the end of this book, because even though I've read the next book, I don't actually remember what happens. If you ever want a break from love triangles and brooding, I definitely recommend this series; it's a fun and exciting diversion.
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