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The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
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Jul 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: best-in-series, read-ks3, reviewed

Having read books one to six, I have always liked the Eternity Code best in the Artemis Fowl series. It shows Artemis at his best and most interesting: still cold, still calculating, but beginning to doubt himself and his motives, on the cusp of the redemption journey that takes up the rest of the series. The balance between Artemis’s old criminal ways and his new take on life is just right in the Eternity Code, as on either side he swings too much one way or the other. It’s the first time he is really conflicted, making it a milestone in his character development.

As for the plot itself, it’s as good as any in the series, with a couple of big twists, packed with jokes (though maybe a little too many about farting) and a sufficiently slimy, wily villain that is definitely not Opal Koboi. We also see Juliet at her least irritating, as her vain teenager/dumb muscle role is toned down, whilst Artemis’s relationship with Butler is explored more deeply, which helps to humanise them both. On the fairy side of things, Holly and Foaly are on form and Mulch’s Mafia time was a change of pace that added real, immediate danger.

The humanity-bashing is also lighter than in later books. There is less focus on the green message and very little patronising from the fairies. The villains, excepting Pex and Chips, are less comic (when compared to Kronski and Opal in her more insane moments) and, naturally, it has the infinite advantage of featuring Root before book four, in which he got (view spoiler).

Finally, for me, the best bit had to be the parody of ‘savage’ racial stereotyping, when ‘Nuru’ meets Bobby, the Kenyan warrior with Nikes and a mobile phone. I crack up every time.
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