Fans of the Artemis Fowl series will immediately notice something is different with Artemis in this seventh installment in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, The Atlantis Complex. First off, he obsesses about his lucky number five, even going so far as to count words in his sentences to make sure they conform. He is deathly afraid of the number 4, generally out of touch with reality, and paranoid to the extreme, even doubting Butler’s unceasing loyalty.
It turns out that Artemis is suffering from the Atlantis complex, a degenerative mental disease brought on by guilt caused by his criminal activities and dabbling in fairy magic. The disease even spurs his gallant alter-ego named Orion, determined to woo Holly Short, tough-as-nails LEPrecon officer, with flowery accolades. Artemis, as always, has a plan that sets the plot in motion – but his plan this time is not to make money, but to save the world from global warming. However, there are nefarious forces working against him and things immediately go wrong when a deep-space probe piloted by enemy forces crashes Artemis’s meeting of the minds with Holly Short, Foaly, and Commander Vinyaya.
All of our favorite characters are here, including Butler, Butler's sister Juliet, and Mulch Diggums. There is, of course, an evil villain, but one who is strangely hard to dislike. Hilarious banter abounds, and I experienced several laugh-out-loud moments, including one where Butler and Juliet are faced off against zombie wrestling fans. There is also more sentimentality than we usually find in Artemis books – both romance and despair in equal measure.
Eoin Colfer has stated that there will be one final Artemis book, so don’t miss this penultimate installment in the series. You can explore Artemis Fowl’s world here.