The 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt #1 is to read a book becoming a movie in 2019. When I began investigating books for the challenge, and this prompt in particular, the only book that really grabbed my attention was Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer. At the time, the movie adaptation was scheduled for release in August 2019. I have since learned that the release date has been bumped back to May 2020, so technically, this book no longer meets the prompt. I will take it anyway.
Artemis Fowl is a 12-year old boy genius. In truth, he’s a criminal mastermind. The story opens with Artemis is seeking to acquire a particular item, a book. This is the rule book by which all fairy folk live. Artemis contrives to acquire the book by deception and trickery. Ultimately Artemis is after a greater prize. Once he has the book and kidnapped an elf by the name of Holly Short, his true plan is finally set fully in motion.
The story that ensues is full of action and magic. It is fast paced and doesn’t let up. Along the way we meet the agents of LEPRecon, to which Holly Short belongs. We encounter trolls, elves, dwarves and goblins. There is fairy magic, of course, but even more than that, there is fairy technology. The book is engaging and moves quickly. My one complaint would be that the chapters feel too long.
I think this is a book my 9-yr old son would enjoy if I could talk him into reading it. I know I had a lot of fun reading this book. I will definitely check out more of the series when I get the chance. And I’m looking forward to the movie!