A slow day at work, a second book read

Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

I knew absolutely nothing about this book beyond the name and the fact that there were several in the series. I took a moment to read a couple reviews and I'm glad I did. Otherwise, I probably would have gone into this thinking the book was along the maturity level of Vampire Academy or Hunger Games. Instead it's a slight step down, say Disney's Descendants or Percy Jackson. This is not a bad thing, it's just a distinction. For the level the book was written at, it was fairly well done. Not too complex of characters and most plot "twists" are pretty apparent to a highly avid reader, but it is an enjoyable story. I particularly liked that the fairies developed their own science and technology. Some similar to ours, although better fabrication. Nuclear batteries anyone? Some fairly different, magma vents as jet propellants. Not sure I'd want to travel that way. I will probably read book two when I feel the need for a simple story of mindless entertainment value. Sometimes, that's the best kind to read.