FICTION

The Eternity Code: The Graphic Novel

adapt. by author & Andrew Donkin. illus. by Giovanni Rigano. 112p. (Artemis Fowl Series). Hyperion/Disney. 2013. RTE $19.99. ISBN 9781423145271. LC 2013001136.
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Gr 6–8—Artemis Fowl has one last deal to pull off before he quits his life of crime. The plan falls through, and the valuable C Cube, a computer powered by fairy technology, ends up in the hands of a ruthless enemy. The book's complex plot points and action have been effectively condensed into a tense, tautly wound story, and the opening synopsis will orient readers new to the series. The full-color art is stylish and unique, with delicate lines and stylized features that give it an ornate, gothic feel. The brooding tones, edgy illustrations, and depiction of gun violence will appeal to Artemis Fowl's many fans.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Colfer's third Artemis Fowl installment gets the graphic-novel treatment as amoral genius Artemis teams up again with fairy police captain Holly Short in a heist to retrieve a stolen computer that could reveal the fairies' existence. A larger trim size would have rendered the text and stylized character illustrations less inscrutable, but energetic panels and lively dialogue keep the presentation humming.

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