Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
2003, Disney Press
Series: Book 1 of Artemis Fowl
The Good: Artemis Fowl was a really easy to get into book. Artemis is a genius, making him relateable to adults as well as children. Better yet, he's a convincing genius. By that, I mean doesn't seem to be a genius just for the sake of the book. It integral to who he is, the cause for his personality - good and bad. It explains why he's different than other children and his intelligence really drives the plot. The fairies in Artemis Fowl aren't ethereal or evil. They just are, plain as that. I loved the cute, yet smart, wordplay in this book. A fairy unit called LEPrecon? Funny. Colfer adds a coded message spanning the entire book, on the bottom of each page. What it says, I have no idea, but I do know it's decipherable for those who enjoy decoding. I loved this book on its own, as well a great beginning to a fantastic series.
The Bad: Nothing. Why didn't they have books this awesome when I was a kid?