by Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl #2
Published on May 6, 2002 (original) by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Artemis Fowl is at boarding school in Iceland when he receives an urgent video email from Russia. It's a plea from his father, who has been kidnapped by the Russian mafia. As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by Captain Holly Short. This time, instead of battling the fairies, he's going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people he loves.
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The second in the series, The Arctic incident is a fun read and while not my favorite book of the eight, still adheres to the boy genius antics that made me love the first book. I like that book 2 focused more on Artemis and his relationship with his father, which is mentioned several times throughout the first book and seems to be a point in his history that made him into the criminal mastermind you first meet. We get to see a different side of Artemis that’s more family-oriented and really shows that he is truly just a teenager.
The Arctic Incident has many of the elements present in Artemis Fowl, including the basic plot. Artemis wants something, comes up with an elaborate genius plan to get it, and executes it with plenty of action and twists included. But instead of going for fairy gold, he’s after his father. I think the shift in goals was a progression of Artemis’s character but the repetition of the base plot with many of the same plot points (Artemis and Holly are at odds, Butler always trying to protect his charge, Mulch Diggums enters for comedic relief, Foaly being. . . well, Foaly) was a bit annoying.
But then again, reading these books a year apart when they originally released, that likely wouldn’t have stood out so much.
I still love Artemis’s character. He’s snarky and even though he’s a year older than in Artemis Fowl, I had to constantly remember that he IS a teen because he doesn’t usually act it. This book marks the change as he becomes more of the hero type vs the villain, and the themes of family and friendship are overwhelming.
I love this series, I love the books, and even though it’s not my favorite I would still recommend The Arctic Incident along with the rest (especially because my favorite book is up next and this one sets it up)!
(I’ve been re-reading these books as audiobooks for this readathon and I have to say that I highly recommend the audio versions. The narrator is great and does an excellent job with the books.)
Do you prefer to read books in series as they release or all at once? Has reading them in a certain time frame ever affected your reading experience?
If you’re participating in the #ArtemisFowlReadathon, share your progress!
Movie Teaser Trailer
Don’t forget that Artemis Fowl will be hitting theaters in August 2019! Check out the teaser trailer below!
Each week I will be featuring one of the books in the Artemis Fowl series and talking about it (spoiler-free mostly, with any potential spoilers labeled appropriately). Now I realize that reading a book a week may not work for everyone and that’s totally okay! Read at your own pace!
How to Join In
- Grab a copy of Artemis Fowl.
- Start reading.
- Share your progress online with the hashtag #ArtemisFowlReadathon.
- Keep reading!
Granted, there is a bit extra for anyone who likes giveaways 😉 But that’s all there is to the readathon!
And speaking of giveaways. . .
Epic Disney Giveaway
In partnership with Disney Books, I’m super excited to share a fantastic giveaway with all of you!
One (1) winner will receive:
- Artemis Fowl – the complete series (8 books!)
- Plus limited edition merchandise: backpack, hat, fidget spinner and chocolate.
Prizes are provided by Disney Book Group.
Winner must have a U.S. mailing address.
Fill out the Rafflecopter below but make sure to stop back each week to have more chances to win! New entries will be added as the readathon goes on!
INTL NovelKnight Giveaway
Now I realize that the Disney giveaway is limited to U.S. residents and that’s not something I can change BUT for my INTL friends, I’m offering weekly giveaways throughout the readathon for all of you!