- Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 27 January 2005
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“There were only three ways out of Clarissa Frayne: adoption, death, or escape.” Most boys in Clarissa died at age 15 as a result of many harmful experimentation. Cosmo Hill, a no-sponsor was a year away from being 15 and he didn’t want to take any chances of dying here. A near death experience gives him a way to escape, only to be taken and cared for by a group three outcasts by the name of Supernaturalists. Cosmo joins the team to fight off invisible blue creatures called parasites only seen by a few, Cosmo and two of his other teammates (Stefan and Mona). However, after finding that their killing tactics only helped the creatures to reproduce, Cosmo Hill finds himself back at Clarissa Frayne to try a new solution to destroying the parasites completely. The Supernaturalist is a great book for science fiction enthusiasts. The book is fast paced and easy to read. Told in a third person narrative, the author reveals thoughts of characters as well as great action-packed details. A must-have book for middle school aged boys and girls.
Journy into the world of the supernatral! For any Eoin Colfer fans (Artimis Fowl) this is a must read. This is another book set in the future where the government is corrupt and there and blue "Life Suckers" that only sertain people can see. In this story you follow a group of these seers into the quest to eliminate the beasts. Comes with a great twist and is a great read.
This is a great novel. Even more somber than the fourth Artemis fowl book, it is set in an unsettling future ("soon") where nature is almost completely destroyed (and a blue sky does only still exist in fiction) and the big corporations rule the world. We meet Cosmo Hill, an orphan who has to work all the day to earn his stay at the orphanage, as there are no public non-profit facilities anymore. People's life is generally worse than today, the society is build more on power, rule, labour, inhumanity and dull activities than ever, it seems. As the first page states: "Everything the body wanted, and nothing the soul needed."He soon seizes his chance he gets at the age of fifteen to escape from the place that would soon have killed him for its lack of care and love each child needs. He meets the Supernaturalists who hunt craty creatures invisible to most of the people seemingly stealing their live power and get a member of the group. The reader gets to know the megapolis Satellite City and people's everyday life. He realizes all the techincal progress has not made their life better, quite the contrary. Capitalism now shows it's true face of ruthlessness and greed, undermining the humanity in each of us and letting righteousness, justice, trust, idealism and spirituality seem non-sens for the people of these days, most without dreams and visons and without letting themselves love each other.It shows where our society might be heading by exaggerating the present and points out to what a society based on rule-less competion, of uprooted and unloved humans it leads.Or might. Utopia and Dystopia are more tangible than ever. As the ending suggest, even then there is still hope, as there is now a thousand-fold.
Cosmo Hill, nosponsor, orphan at Clarissa Frayne. Guinea pig for new chemicals and medicines. One of hundreds of thousands who long to be free of the dreadful orphanages. He has one friend, Ziploc. Well, if you could call him a friend. He was a nosponser like the rest of them, and the only one with the audacity to talk more than needed. If anything, Ziploc would get him into more trouble than he already was.And that’s exactly what happens. When Ziploc, chained to Cosmo, jumps off a building to avoid being taken back to Clarissa Frayne, Cosmo is pulled with him. With the accident comes terrible consequences – Ziploc dies almost immediately from the force of the impact. But Cosmo…Cosmo is different. He’s alive, yes, but he’s also seeing things. The little blue creatures around him are sucking the life out of him - he can see the life flowing through their small bodies and back into the sky. It is then that the Supernaturalists come to Cosmo’s rescue, saving his life and killing many of the life-sucking Parasites. Cosmo soon discovers that he and only a few other people can see these blue Parasites, and he is pulled right into a mystery that he never would have dreamed existed.If you’ve read my review for Colfer’s newer novel, Airman, you know that I’m a fan. This was my second Colfer book and once again, I was thoroughly impressed. I picked it up because I needed a filler for my free time, unsure of what I would find behind the cover of the book or if I would like it. However, I found within the first twenty pages that I loved it. Not only is it written fantastically well, but it has an atmosphere that was entirely unexpected. It takes place in a futuristic world, one where you would expect people to be living large. A world where everything is perfect. Where everyone has jobs and everyone is happy. At least, that’s what you would believe if you lived in the upper class of society. But this book takes place in the slums, where food is scarce, clothes are torn and used thin. Where children are trying to survive and gangs are strong and hard and cold.The characters are believable, even with their strange, futuristic attributes and/or their flaws. Stephan is by far my favorite. Dark, handsome, tall…trying to be a leader but unsure of how exactly to help those around him. He loves his friends with a sacrificial love and only wants to rid the world of the Parasites that are sucking the life out of us all.And the writing… Colfer is one of those writers who knows what he’s doing. He’s got the story structure, the characters – and the style. He is his own voice, and his voice carries like a shout in the mountains – one that echoes and echoes and echoes. One that will always be remembered.I encourage you to read this book.
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