Artemis isn't right in the head. He's having a touch of OCD - talking in words of five or rearranging items on his desk. He's also feeling paranoid. Plus, he has an idea to save the world.
After sending Butler off on a bogus mission, he meets the new commander, Foaly, and Holly Short to explain his latest idea in Iceland. Just before he demonstrates the new technology, a large space vehicle appears. It's one of Foaly's more brilliant designs, but now it's under someone else's control, and that someone is using it for deadly purposes. As they attempt to escape the area, Artemis is hit and undergoes a personality switch.
Holly must hold everything and everyone together while trying to escape the situation and uncover the meaning behind their attack. Unfortunately, she could really use Artemis's crafty criminal skills, but for now she must deal with Orion. Can Artemis fight through the Atlantis Complex (a disease enabled by the combination of guilt and fairy magic) in time to help save the people he loves - and his mind?
I love Artemis Fowl. He's such an evil genius but also a great character to root for. Right now, he's struggling with his past actions and feels tempted to turn to the good side. I'm not sure how I feel about that, but it's interesting to watch the struggle. I love the sidekicks of this book. I love the relationship between Butler and his sister and their crazy athletic ability to kick butt anytime, anywhere. I love Holly Short - she's feisty and sarcastic, always breaking the rules, and she has a good heart.
This last opus of the Fowl series is not really up to the previous ones. Once again Artemis Fowl and Holly Short face an arch-villain. Once again they save both human and fairy worlds... and that's the trouble! "Once again". Nothing much there is new. Still, a good story. But lets hope Eoin Colfer is brewing something really new... or not: Artemis was 12 and a kid-genius in the 1st book in 2001. It was fun. 10 years and seven books latter, he is 16, on the brink of manhood... maybe the time has come to let him live his life!