Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Book Review: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer

ISBN: 978-1423108368
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Hardcover: 432 pages
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Age Range: 9-12
First Line: "Barely an hour north of Dublin's fair city lies the Fowl estate, where the boundaries have changed little in the past five hundred years."
One Word Review: Rip-roaring

The Time Paradox follows Artemis Fowl through his sixth, and perhaps final, adventure. Artemis has grown along with the series, and this installment finds him 15 years old and dealing with his mother's grave illness. When he realizes he may be responsible for her sickness, he determines to go to the ends of the earth, or time, to find a cure.

By this point in many series novels, authors often seem to get a bit lazy, or at the very least to run out of fresh ideas. Eoin Colfer, though, is in top form with The Time Paradox. The plot is exciting and action packed. It speeds along from start to finish, brimming with Colfer's witty style.

Fans of the previous books will be delighted to see familiar characters with a few new additions. One of the things Colfer does best is developing his characters. Readers have seen Artemis grow from an awkward megalomaniacal child into a young adult with a conscience. His relationship with Holly Short has grown over the years, and The Time Paradox allows a glimpse at possible romantic feelings between the pair.

While there is a bit of an environmental moral to this story, it's mostly a fun and entertaining read that is sure to be a hit among young and old.

I'll be hosting a giveaway of this book (along with a gift card) starting tonight, so check back later, or buy it now on Amazon.


Liviania said...

Does the love interest from the fifth book return? I've always liked the tension between Holly and Artemis, so I wasn't much fond of her.

Traci said...

Actually, I hadn't thought about it, but no, she isn't in the book at all (I didn't like her either). Although Number One does make a reappearance, and I love him.