I probably would have been better off reading the first installment of this series before the sequel. Artemis is the smartest man (actually, he's a kid) in the world, so naturally he turns to a life of crime. It's ok; he's doing it so that he can get enough money to fund the search for his missing father. Ok, he also does it for the excitement. Did I mention that the smartest kid on the planet also has dealings below it? The world's faerie population has taken underground to avoid the destruction we humans are causing the planet. Why this is, since they are leaps ahead of us in intelligence and technology, is a question I'll assume the first book answers. The Artic Incident starts by hinting that Fowl's father is alive and being held hostage. Most of the book, however, is dedicated to fae conspiracies and a coup attempt that has nothing to do with this, or with Artemis, who is simply caught up with events and being used for his intellect. The story has its moments and I can understand the appeal to young readers, yet it seems Colfer had two ideas: a story about a boy genius criminal and one about the modern faerie world and decided to merge them into one.