The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl #3) by Eoin Colfer

“When the moment comes, will you take your chance to be a hero?”

Artemis Fowl is back with another money making and world dominating scheme. Now, he is trying to make one last crime before he embraces his father’s wish to start a clean business. He builds a cube based on fairy computers and his own intelligence that can read anything. Basically it can do just about anything to computer systems and information. He try to threaten Jon Spiro, a big time ruthless businessman. Artemis will release the cube to the market now and destroy Spiro’s investments if Spiro doesn’t pay him a huge sum of money. During the demonstration of the cubes powers, Spiro recognizes what the cube can do and steels the cube, injuring Butler. Now Artemis must once again team up with the Fairy police to save Butler and retrieve the stolen cube.

I have to say, this is the best in Artemis Fowl series so far. I enjoy The Eternity Code more than the first two books in the series. It contains a lot more action than the two previous books, and a lot less of the Faery world which makes this more realistic. There are plenty of adventures, smart jokes and a right amount of emotion. When Butler dies you’ll definitely feel Artemis’ grief. The connection and friendship between the two is perfectly developed. It adds more depth to their characters.

The story and plot were good and all well planned. I like the plans that Artemis has created to get back the C Cube from Spiro. From planning to designation and execution, all were perfectly done. I didn’t anticipate some turn of events. I also like how Artemis adapts quickly to each complication, or thinks up fast all the possibilities. Artemis’ plans really never fail to entertain me. Finally, the smart kid genius is back, this time he is for all the good. Compare to his attempt to be a hero in the last book (The Arctic Incident), it is more acceptable to see him in that role in this book. The changes in his character is more subtle this time.

In the end of the book, the faery decided to mind wipe Artemis which will reverts Artemis back to his old, uncaring self. I wonder if did the faeries realized what they have done. If Artemis forgets everything about the faery world, what will happen to the moral sense that has awakened in him because of the fairies? Did the faeries just created their own worst enemy, again?

With this kind of ending, I’m more eager to read the next book, Opal Deception. Can’t wait to know how the evil mastermind genius will be back with all his evil schemes and genius plotting.

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