I received an ARC from Harper360 at YALC. It has not affected by opinions.
Genre: Fantasy Age Range: MG Star Rating: 4 stars Series: Yes - first book of new series set in the world of Artemis Fowl
Criminal genius runs in the family…
Myles and Beckett are eleven-year-old twins, but the two boys are wildly different. Beckett is blonde, messy and sulks whenever he has to wear clothes. Myles is fanatically neat, he has an IQ of 170, and he wears a fresh suit every day like his older brother, Artemis Fowl.
Perhaps you have heard of the Fowl family and their adventures?
This Fowl adventure is filled with the most unusual of individuals: an immortal duke, a miniature troll, a nunterrogator and a Police Specialist that’s 42% elf. And of course, the Fowl twins – one a certified genius with a criminal leaning, and the other possessing an unusual talent that has not been fully explored… yet!
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This book made me so nostalgic for the original Artemis Fowl books.
It’s more hilarious hi-jinks with a child genius, character names guaranteed to make you giggle (the villain is Teddy Bleedham-Drye), absurd, impossible action told as if it’s the most sensible thing in the world, and no one blinking at any of this. In short, it’s all the fun and games and insanity you’d expect of an Artemis Fowl book.
Except Artemis isn’t around. He’s on a mission to Mars, so he can cede center stage to his twin brothers. Myles is basically Artemis (no complaints there) while Beckett is the opposite. Animal lover, less academically inclined and thinking on a different wave length to his brother, Beckett isn’t an analogue to anyone in the original series. The two play off each other so well, regardless.
The tag line (Criminal Genius Runs in the Family) felt a little misleading. After the arc Artemis had over his series, he’s not a criminal genius anymore and his family has followed his footsteps. They’re eco-conscious and trying to save the world.
If you loved the original Artemis Fowl, you will love this series. Maybe, like me, you will have a niggling feeling that it’s not quite the originals, lacking the criminal genius and amazing relationship between Artemis and Holly, but it’s still a corker of a read.
Read my reviews of other books by Eoin Colfer:
The Fowl-verse (this series):
- DENY ALL CHARGES (The Fowl Twins #2, the Fowl-verse #11)
- GET WHAT THEY DESERVE (The Fowl Twins #3, the Fowl-Verse #12)