Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl, Book 7)

by Eoin Colfer

Paperback, 2012



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Disney-Hyperion (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 368 pages


Teenaged criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl must save the underwater fairy metropolis of Atlantis from danger, while battling a psychological affliction known as the Atlantis Complex.


Independent Booksellers' Book Prize (Winner — Children's — 2011)


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368 p.; 7.5 inches

Media reviews

I suspect that the central joke worked better in synopsis than it plays out in the novel. Orion is funny but I'm not sure that he is funny enough for the trade-off – which requires filling the hole left by Artemis's absence on sick leave. True, it means that other characters, in particular the
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splendidly feisty Holly Short, are pushed to the fore. On the other hand, Orion is a buffoon, and while you may laugh, you may also, like Holly, feel like hitting him and fervently wish that the real Arty would hurry back.
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User reviews

LibraryThing member ASBiskey
I enjoy Eoin Colfer's works, particualarly the Artemis Fowl series. Unfortunately, I don't think that this book is true to the series, or particularly well written. This book goes all over, here and there, back and forth, without making any progress toward a destination. None of the characters get
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a chance to contribute to the plot. They are all just along for the ride. Artemis is barely in the book, other than describing his mental illness, which has him sidelined. Holly Short, who usually works off of Aremis' scheming, has little to work with. Foaly and Mulch don't contribute, and Juliette, Butler's sister, is more distracting than entertaining. Even the villian has a boring plan that isn't compelling. Even if he suceeds, there is so little to lose. There is no suspence.
I suggest buying this only if you are interested in completeness. Otherwise, be patient and wait for it to become available at the library.
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LibraryThing member beserene
I do enjoy the Artemis Fowl series. If ever a children's fantasy series could be called "cheeky", this one is it. It's full of cleverness, sass, humor, puns, and other entertaining things. This latest installment has the same elements the rest of the books have had. Even so, however, the series
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seems to be getting a little tired. Part of the problem, I think, is that our central character, Artemis Fowl, has simply outgrown his own series. He is nearly an adult now, and while there has been some attempt to expand the pattern of putting him in clever scrapes and then having the world's coolest fairy, Holly Short, work with him to save the world, it is starting to feel like the same old kid's story, which is now happening to someone who is no longer a kid. For the first time, reading this, I felt some of the details were forced instead of fun.

Still, Colfer on a bad day wields a lot of entertainment power and the book remains a great escape. Moderate your expectations and you should enjoy it just fine.
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LibraryThing member les121
Eoin Colfer delivers another great Artemis Fowl novel that’s sure to please fans. It’s funnier but also more serious than the last few books. The new challenges, new changes, and new emotions the characters face make the story interesting and exciting. I like that it isn’t wrapped up in a
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neat little package at the end, yet still goes out on a hopeful note. Overall, it’s a great installment that doesn’t disappoint.
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LibraryThing member readafew
The Atlantis Complex is the 7th book in the Artemis Fowl saga. While this one was still up to snuff for the series and I enjoyed reading it, I got the feeling Eoin might be scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas of what to do with Artemis, this one felt a little forced and not quite in the
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same vein as the other books. If that is the case I hope he stops or at least takes some time off on the AF series until inspiration hits, rather than write poor books just to continue the series.

Artemis has devised a plan to help try and save the planet from global warming and has a meeting with top Fairy folk to help him implement it world wide. Artemis seems to be suffering from OCD and paranoia and maybe some other problems besides. It really seems to be cramping his abilities to plan and reason. Holly is the first to notice the changes. The apparent sabotage of a supposedly secret meeting by a hijacked 'non-hijackable' space prob of Folly's does not help Artemis's paranoia.

Something big is going on and they need Artemis to be on top of his game to help save the day, unfortunately he's got problems of his own.
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LibraryThing member rspsreadinglist
A pleasant read, but the end is very forced. Almost feel like the author either ran out of time/his page count was up, so it just ends with a very poor resolution of the plot. Perhaps the final book in the series will pick up directly from here, but even so the resolution of the situation with
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Turnball is too much pulled out of thin air to be very satisfying. I would recommend the earlier books in the series.
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LibraryThing member 15nawald
Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer is the seventh book of the eight in the Artemis Fowl series. The whole series revolves around a very rich young criminal mastermind named Artemis Fowl and his encounters with fantasy creatures such as fairies, trolls, elves etc. In this book
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Artemis Fowl invents a device to stop global warming, when he is presenting his device to the fairies they discover has turned nice. He is suffering from Atlantis Complex or in other words multiple personality disorder. The world being destroyed by an evil force and the fairies need to figure out how to get the old Artemis Fowl back. I really liked this book because I am a fan of the Artemis Fowl series. This book was really interesting because I like the style in which Eoin Colfer writes in. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and everyone who is fan of Eoin Colfer’s books. I suggest this to people who like fantasy because the scale in which fantasy is used in this book is a lot.
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LibraryThing member thediaryofabookworm
I'm a great lover of Eoin Colfers Artemis Fowl series, it's smart, funny and very James Bond with Fairies. For me the Series ranks up with Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Fablehaven and The Sisters Grimm as some of the best stuff available to Middle School Readers and older (come on now, this
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stuff is way too good to not read just because you're not 9-12 anymore! You read Harry Potter didn't you??!). Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex no exception, and in just a few days I had ripped my way through it.

Artemis has decided, once and for all, to change his path to saving the world. Unfortunately, the new bad guy in town has other plans for him, Holly and the usual Gang. Throw in Artemis's downfall to the Atlantis Complex, bringing out his sappy other side Orion, and things are about to get seriously complicated and seriously funny.

Bursting with all your favorite characters, lots of action, witty word play and a great story, Eoin Colfer has once again made Artemis Fowl a series fit to compete with the best of today's middle school fiction. My only complaint about this series is the various spin offs it's currently getting from Disney Hyperion. I'm not a fan of the Graphic novel stuff (it's really not how I picture the characters at all), and what is this business about a song?? Really? A song? Why do I need a song for the release of a book? What happened to a good old fashioned author tour??

Other than that Eoin has hit the perfect pitch for the seventh time, and Artemis Fowl continues to be one of my favorite series's out there. If you haven't read it make sure you pick it up, trust me... you'll love it!
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LibraryThing member ChemChick
This is by far the worst of the Artemis Fowl books. I recommend skipping it and waiting for the next one.
LibraryThing member neerajgod
I think that Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex is a very good book.
But there is potential for it to be a better book. It kind of lags in the middle when it shows Artemis Fowl as his alternate personality, "Orion". That part gets slightly boring at times even though it is funny and entertaining.
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The other problem is that all of the challenges are overcome quite easily.

I say that the book is very good. I rated it 4 stars, but to be precise I think that it deserves a 4.25

It is a very good book overall and quite funny and entertaining. It makes us lay waiting for the 8th and final book.
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LibraryThing member apendry
Colfer's departure from previous Artemis type adventure make this read a more character driven story that exposes the truly hilarious nature of some of the other cast members. The plot ends somewhat abruptly, clearly paving the way for other books in the series (if not some character spinoffs?)
LibraryThing member andsoitgoes
A good read but not the best in the series. A lot of build up for not much of an ending. Story was all over the place. Still looking forward to the next one!
LibraryThing member burnit99
An old foe, Turnball Root has a nefarious plot going just at the worst time for Artemis Fowl, who is battling a psychosis called the Atlantis Complex, brought on by guilt and characterized by OC behavior, aversion to certain numbers, paranoia and multiple personalities. As well-written as the rest,
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and my wife proclaimed this author to be her favorite of the several she has seen at book-signings she has accompanied me to (easier to get several books autographed when some of them are carried by a very cute and affable Filipina), but it somehow seems like an add-on compared to the other books. Lots of action, but not a very blockbustery story. But, still. It's Artemis Fowl.
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LibraryThing member lilibrarian
Artemis and his fairy friends are in another difficult situation - some of Foley's space probes have been reprogrammed and are about to destroy the fairy city of Atlantis. Artemis can save them - but is incapacitated by a fairy psychological disorder called the Atlantis Complex
LibraryThing member YeJinJeon
This book is full of adventure and suspense. If you have been following the series from the beginning, you get a feel for how Artemis's character is really like. I strongly suggest this book to everyone who enjoys a little excitement and fantasy.
LibraryThing member JenRobYoung
Artemis must try to save Atlantis while trying to overcome his “Atlantis” complex psychosis he is suffering. He is suffering from fairy magic and has become obsessive, paranoid and shows signs of multiple personality disorder. Wonderful book on overcoming your obstacles while having a grand
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LibraryThing member APMum
Perhaps not the best in the series as Artemis is not his usual self but still a great read for all ages
LibraryThing member andreablythe
The seventh book in the Artemis Fowl series has our young mastermind facing off against his worst enemy yet — his own mind. After years of scheming, wicked deeds, and messing around with fairy magic, Artemis has developed a disease that afflicts guilt-ridden fairies, called the Atlantis Complex.
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Symptoms include obsessive compulsive disorder, paranoia, and multiple personalities. All this coming at a time when his friends desperately need his help the most.

It was such a wonderful relief to revisit characters I love after such a long time. Holly and Butler still kickass and Mulch Diggums is repulsively hilarious. Artemis is the only one who doesn't fall back into his role as genius mastermind, because of his disease, though he still manages to be clever despite that.

With all the stress I've been going through lately, this was the perfect action adventure with fairies for me to read right now. Great, light fun.
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LibraryThing member R.y.
Artemis Fowl : The Atlantis Complex is a very entertaining and humorous book. The author is Eoin Colfer and he is the writer of the Artemis Fowl series. The theme of this book is Artemis Fowl suffering a psychosis called Atlantis Complex which is the the fairy equivalent of OCD while combined with
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multiple personality disorder, paranoia, and being obsessed with numbers. The number 5 being his lucky number and 4 meaning death(based on the Chinese word 4 which sounds like death). Artemis and his friends are trying to save Atlantis from being destroyed by a prisoner who is trying to free himself called, Turnball Root while also trying to find a way to cure Artemis from Atlantis Complex. I feel that the end of the book is too fast and too less is being explained. But I think it will be explained in the 8th and final book of the series. I would still recommend this book although it is not the best in the series.
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LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
Artemis' other personality is pretty funny and there are many familiar faces in this latest adventure. I enjoyed seeing more of Butler and his sister Juliet, as well as exploring the world of "amorphobots" - those are some pretty cool technology! The book ends with a bit of cliff hanger - what will
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happen with Artemis and his mental illness?
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LibraryThing member jcorrea
Not my favorite book from Colfer. I am a fan of the previous Artemis fowl books, and Airman, and Colfer in general. With regards to this book, it felt very pushed and I seemed to have to force myself to chew through the entire book as a whole. The characters seemed on the right track, I just felt
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very unattached to them during this "episode" of Artemis Fowl, as well as trudging through slot of recap summaries.
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LibraryThing member smell.le
Wahhhh!! It was soo good! But the beginning dragged on for a long time, as does most of the Artemis Fowl books. But this time I felt the ending was unsatisfying... And what ever happened to Minerva from the Lost Colony? I was hoping they'd get together...
LibraryThing member KarenBall
It's been a long time since we've had a new Artemis Fowl, and the opening made me cringe -- our favorite teenage criminal mastermind is now... NICE?? Say it's not so! Well, actually he is using his brains for good these days, inventing a way to keep the glaciers from melting, and demonstrating it
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in Iceland to a combination of fairy and human scientists. Unfortunately, Artemis has spent too much time exposed to fairy magic, and he's developed a mental illness: the Atlantis Complex. When the book begins, he's in Stage 1, and has become obsessive compulsive (he can only count by fives, and speak in sentences that have multiple of five words in them), and he's becoming more and more paranoid, convinced that everyone's out to get him. Capt. Holly Short and the rest of the fairy delegation arrive, but only some of them survive. The hotel booked for the demonstration is destroyed by a rogue fairy space probe, and Artemis is knocked out. After being saved by Holly and Foaly, he awakens and announces his name is Orion. Welcome to Stage 2 of Atlantis Complex: multiple personality disorder, and Orion is obnoxiously attracted to Holly, spouting poetry and doing his best to be the suave gentleman no one needs! They've got to get Artemis back to figure out who's controlling the probe, and why it's heading for the underwater fairy prison city of Atlantis. Any number of convicted criminals could be behind this, including Opal Koboi, but there's someone even darker than Opal at work here. Action, wild adventure, explosions, giant squid attacks and Colfer's trademark humor (yes, Mulch Diggum and his infamous gas attacks are in here) make this a great addition to the Artemis Fowl series! 6th grade and up.
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LibraryThing member bunniehopp
Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex is definitely the continuation of a series. Readers unfamiliar with the series may find the story line difficult to follow. It is assumed that the reader knows the characters, their history, and their relationships to each other. Artemis Fowl, the 15 year old son
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of the original Artemis Fowl is suffering from a disorder known as the Atlantis complex, brought on by his dabbling in fairy magic. This complex which devolves through multiple stages, causes him to obsess about numbers as the story starts and then causes his other personality (Orion) to take over his body. Despite impossible odds, Artemis and his friends prevail.

There are a great number of puns and verbal slapstick incidents, some of which seems to be beyond the comprehension of young readers/listeners. The story seems a bit thin and there is no character development. For followers of the series, The Atlantis Complex may provide some entertainment, however, this book is unlikely to win Artemis any new fans.
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LibraryThing member br13olfr
In Magyk (by Angie Sage) , Septimus Heap, seventh son of the seventh son, is supposed to posses a special gift that most boys don’t. He has enormous Wizardly potential. Magyk comes easily to him. Unfortunately , Septimus is dead, or so the Midwife says, soon after he is born. That same night,
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Silas Heap finds a little girl in the snow, takes her home, and raises her in place of his “dead” son. The little girl, Jenna, grows up with what should have been the childhood of Septimus.
Soon though, for disaster must always repeat, the Heaps are forced into the middle of a Magykal nightmare, brought on by their adopted daughter, and missing son’s, existences.
Angie Sage writes a marvelous fantasy story. The detail is amazing and the characters are beautifully developed, but I wish that I got to learn a bit more about Septimus’s life after he “died”.
It would have been nice to get the double perspective early on , as well as later in the story. Other than that, I thought this was a wonderful book, with great settings, detail, and an excellent plot.
The plot was my favorite part and I loved the fact that Sage added a bit of adventure into the fantasy/magyk theme. The rest of the series is equally well written and I recommend all of the other books.
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LibraryThing member Kataril
I love Artemis Fowl...but I do wish he had stopped at the Lost Colony. That would have been a perfectly satisfying ending, but no...instead The Time Paradox came along (which was okay, not ending-worthy, but okay). Then Colfer gives us The Atlantis Complex, which I was sadly disappointed with.

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number-one problem with this book is the beginning. The opening scene drags on for a THIRD of the book. I'm not kidding. It's completely ridiculous, it moves frustratingly slow, and there isn't even much of interest happening. Not only this, but throughout this opening sequence, Artemis's new psychological problems constantly make themselves known - sometimes too obviously. Sometimes it feels as though the author is loudly declaring "Did you notice? He's messed up! Mentally messed up! Can you see yet? Can you? He's bonkers!" throughout the sequence. A little subtlety would have made the whole ordeal more believable. The reader should be left to discern mental illness for themselves. If we had to think about it and actually figure out for ourselves that Artemis is compromised, it would have added a level of intrigue that might have made the opening scene more interesting. But, instead the beginning is loud and clunky, and didn't really make me want to go on.

Nevertheless, because I love both the series and the author, I kept reading and was well rewarded for it. Once you get past the obnoxious beginning, the story moves along at the usual exciting pace. We meet some old friends, some semi-new enemies, Opal is put on the back burner for once (thankfully), and there's an all-around epic finale to the story. I do hope the next one takes it up a notch, however. We know you're good at this, Colfer! Pull it together for the next one please, thanks.
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