by Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl #6
Published on July 5, 2008 (original) by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
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.
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Yet again, the Artemis Fowl takes another twisted turn and jumps from demons to time travel in The Time Paradox. Artemis’s mother is sick and he has to travel back in time and save the one creature that can cure her (which he happened to have a hand in driving to extinction).
This book was better than the fifth (though I think all of them are. . . ) and gets back to the familiar Artemis schemes. There’s an elaborate plan to ensure success as Artemis and Holly head back in time a few years, but unlike other schemes in the series’ history (most notably the heist in The Eternity Code) I felt like this one was too vague on the reader side of things to really capture my attention. We didn’t get to see Artemis lay out his plans and execute them, to see the brilliant genius side, and what is provided has lost its shock value after 6 books. The twists seemed stale and overused.
The Time Paradox also introduces Artemis’s new twin brothers (who are getting their own spin-off series!) but they only show up at the beginning and end. I’d love to see more of them and their interactions with their older brother because I think it brings out a different side of Artemis.
What I did really like about this book was the deepening of the relationship between Artemis and Holly. Not necessarily in a romantic way, but they’ve had years to become friends and know each other on a deeper level at this point, so seeing how betrayal affects their friendship, and what they choose to do about it, was great.
Other than that, this book was pretty average for the series. Opal returns in what might be a startling way if you haven’t caught on that she’s an evil genius who has lost her mind. And the demon No1 comes back, though he’s the only demon to really make an appearance which is surprising considering the strong focus on the demon race in The Lost Colony.
I do really like these books but I think, re-reading them (especially doing so back to back), I’ve started noticing things I wouldn’t have otherwise. They’re highly entertaining and I would certainly recommend the series!
If you could travel back in time, where (and when) would you go?
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!