Book Review: GET WHAT THEY DESERVE by Eoin Colfer (Middle Grade Monday)

Title in white on purple blurred image of a boat in front of tower bridge
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: MG
Star Rating: 3 stars
Series: yes - final book of trilogy

*SPOILER ALERT: contains SPOILERS for THE FOWL TWINS and DENY ALL CHARGES*

Synopsis:

Book cover for GET WHAT THEY DESERVE: title in gold below two boys and a purple image of a boat in front of tower bridge

For almost two years, Lord Teddy Bleedham-Drye, the Duke of Scilly, has been plotting revenge against the Fowl Twins, who humiliated him in Book One. Teddy plans to give them exactly what they deserve: permanent death.

He threatens Myles with his weaponized jet and Beckett and Specialist Lazuli succeed in disarming the aircraft and causing an accident that kills the duke. But does it really?

Ghosts, clones, and fairy magic come to play in this ultimate and ridiculous showdown between the twins and their worst enemy.

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


Review:

This Fowl sequel series is very much one where your sense of humour will affect how much you enjoy it. It’s a Eoin Colfer book, so expect plenty of silly acronyms, fart jokes (there is one scene where an entire book’s worth of fart jokes happens in one scene), and bizarre happenings.

For me, it was all a little bit too bizarre. This series feels sillier than the original. While it’s funny, at time it just felt too much, excessive such that it was losing its heart (replacing clever plans with deus ex machinas of the absurd variety). This is very much a taste thing, as there’s a fine line between funny-silly and irritatingly-silly for me. I found that this book, while it has some good moment, didn’t have the cleverness to temper the silliness.

I love the actual cleverness of Artemis, which intricate schemes. Myles has some clever moments here. However, most of the twins’ escapes felt like they survived due to luck (unlike previous books.) I will say, though, that the reveal of what his magic is was a lot of fun, as it was the perfect thing for a person like him.

Myles is probably my least favourite of the three leads. He doesn’t quite have the charisma of Artemis to pull off the arrogance. Not to mention, though it is perfectly in character for a 12-year-old to be dismissive of his older brother regardless of intelligence, I would have liked the omniscient narrator to point out that the brothers were, at best, equally intelligent, just so it felt less like trying to one up the previous series.

I know others who loved this book, but it just wasn’t for me. It had some good moments, but the inclusion of ghosts sort of typified the book for me – it just brought in an element that felt under developed and not quite in line with the feel of the world.


Read my reviews of other books by Eoin Colfer:

Middle Grade:

The Fowl Twins (this series):

Adult:

Standalones:

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