Artemis Fowl is twelve, smart and very, very, very rich. He could have been Batman, but he decides to go steal some gold from faeries.
Only problem is, these faeries are not known to go easy on sharing their gold, and they can fend for themselves. Still, Artemis decides to kidnap one of them.
This book is aimed I guess on children around eleven years old. Indeed I do remember people talking about these books when I was about that age. For me, as I was older when I read this book, it felt a little bit childish (not that I can blame the book; of course), mostly the 'jokes' and witticisms fell short for someone my age.
Artemis himself has a great mind he uses for the bad, like Moriarty for example, but is also an extremely annoying person. I won't be the only one who ended up 'team faeries' even though all faeries do is complain about humans.
This book is the start of a series, but I still need to read from book #3 on.
Note: I read a Dutch translation of this book