This was shortlisted for TTAB's Readers Choice poll in November, and rightly so.
Were I young and full of the vigour of life, I would be extraordinarily jealous of Artemis and his lofty status – as a child genius and capable of comprehending multiple worlds, time travel and the existence of demons and fairies, isn’t Artemis the very encapsulation of everything a young person dreams of?
This, the latest offering in the ongoing saga of Artemis Fowl, is no less brilliant than its predecessors. One must assume that Colfer actually lives and breathes Artemis, were it not for the plain and evident truth that he clearly authors many other titles. In The Lost Colony, Artemis is once again heralded as boy genius, although this time as having the human quality of being potentially fallible. We have the bulky and yet rather amusing bodyguard whose relationship with Artemis is closer to fatherhood than employer-employee... not that we mind - it just adds to the flavour, particularly as our dear Artemis is apparently feeling the first hot flushes of puberty – something I remember quite vividly as being particularly nauseating and slightly sweaty...
Not quite another coming of age novel – more a densely plotted, fast-paced and action packed adventure story with characters so real you feel as though you could reach out and touch them. I enjoyed The Lost Colony immensely. It gave me a few hours of enjoyment that I recall from my youthful days, when I had more time to sit and read for the sheer pleasure of it.
Colfer speaks to the teenager in all of us and manages to help us come to terms with the discomfort we once felt at that difficult time in our own lives. The strangeness and newness of it. Absolute brilliance!
We interview C J Daugherty about Night School
- 10 January 2012