The Time Paradox
Author: Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl #6
Genres: YA, science-fiction, fantasy
Artemis’s mother has contracted a deadly disease—and the only cure lies in the brain fluid of African lemurs. Unfortunately, Artemis himself was responsible for making the lemurs extinct five years ago. Now he must enlist the aid of his fairy friends to travel back in time and save them. Not only that, but he must face his deadliest foe yet… his younger self.
This Artemis Fowl story didn’t grab me the way previous ones have and I’d rate this one slightly lower, on par with The Arctic Incident. The plot was a little convoluted, but with time travel being crucial to the plot that’s expected. Plus, Colfer can handle convoluted/ deceptive plots — The Eternity Code break-in for one — so I’m not sure why this one fell a bit flat. It was, however, nice to so easily contrast ‘present-day’ and ‘younger’ Artemis, and to see the growth he’s made over the past five books.
I didn’t feel like the initial villain, Dr. Kronski, was a real threat to Artemis, although his group, The Extinctionists, were an interesting concept. I was disappointed in Opal Koboi’s return appearance, after enjoying her so much in The Opal Deception. Then, she perfectly straddled the line between madness and genius, in this I felt she leant too far on the crazy and unpredictable side. I did very much enjoy the cameo appearances — a younger Mulch, the return of No.1 and a touching moment between Holly and Cmdr. Root.
Overall, this is a good adventure story, just not quite up to the level of other books in the series.