Artemis is not the young man he once was. His mind is playing tricks on him and he has developed obsessive compulsions and extreme paranoia. He trusts no one and believes that death is coming for him.
Artemis has what is dubbed by the fairies as The Atlantis Complex. When Artemis and his friends are attacked by an unknown enemy, Artemis progresses into the next stage of the illness, where he develops Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Artemis is now trapped in his mind, right when his friends need him the most. In his place is Orion, a boy who cannot distinguish fantasy from reality…and who is utterly in love with Captain Holly Short.
I finished listening to this audio book in the very early hours of the 15th of November, when I was all packed and ready to leave Yorkshire. Since then, I have listened to the first four of the Artemis Fowl audio books again, with my Mum.
I loved The Atlantis Complex. It was quite a change of pace from the other books. Artemis is no longer his controlled self – to the extent he has lost faith in his most loyal friend, Butler.
For the first time since Artemis Fowl, Foaly was on site instead of just safely working all the technical angles. Only this time, he was more involved in the action than ever before. It was an interesting change.
Orion’s part in the whole novel was hilarious. While I love Artemis, I did wish there had been more of Orion in the story. He is so delusional and extravagant and his attempts to woo Holly were hilarious. There are a lot of jokes at Artemis’ expense in this installment.
What I found the most interesting was that this was the first novel in the series with a sympathetic antagonist. Excluding the first novel, of course, where Artemis himself was Holly’s antagonist. After all, I always say that an antagonist is someone whose goals are in opposition to the protagonist’s, not someone who is necessarily evil.
While the antagonist of The Atlantis Complex is cunning and ruthless and unsympathetic to those around him, the romantic drive within him and his back story was touching. I found it very emotional and quite satisfactory to read.
I have recently bought and read (yes, I read it myself) The Artemis Fowl Files which includes the short story LEPrecon and features a significant event and characters referred to in The Atlantis Complex.
I loved listening to the audio book of this novel and I cannot wait to listen to it again. The series is so addictive! I cannot believe that I have to wait more than half a year until the next novel comes out. The final novel, that is. Only one more Artemis book left: The Last Guardian.
In the meantime, I shall have to seek out some more of Eoin Colfer’s novels.
Make sure you check out the song 'Complex: Atlantis', inspired by the seventh installment of the Artemis Fowl series. I love it!