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October 27, 2013

THE SUPERNATURALIST by Eoin Colfer, 2005

At Clarissa Frayne, the boys are put to work, testing highly dangerous products. At the end of most days, they are covered with burns, bruises, and sores. Cosmo realizes that if he doesn't escape, he will die. When the moment finally comes, Cosmo seizes his chance and breaks out with the help of the Supernaturalists, a motley crew of kids who all have the same special ability as Cosmo-they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalist soon find themselves caught in a web far more complicated than they'd imagined, when they discover a horrifying secret that will force them to question everything they believe in. (Amazon)

Reviewed by Valette M.

The characters had very definite personalities. From a single sentence I could tell who was talking, from Ditto's sarcastic comments, to Mona's fiesty matter-of-fact, to Stefan's driven way. I loved them all! It was interesting to see how they dealt with the pressure of their circumstances. There world was literally falling apart, and they were a hodge-podge group, thrown together simply to battle the demons of their world. I particularly enjoyed watching Cosmo's as he was forced to grow up well before his time. 

The plot kept me up till one reading. It was something I'd never seen reflections of in other books, completely new. The couple huge plot surprises were utter shocks. Life kept getting worse for our beloved crew. I cried. I laughed. I had my heart ripped to shreds. I loved every word of it.

Eoin Colfer has a style that will sell the story to you, hook, line, and sinker. With only a few sentences he made Satellite city seem strange and depressing. He can name a futuristic object with one word and immediately the reader knows what it is. THE SUPERNATURALIST views the world in such a way that you can't help but fall in love with the main character, Cosmo, as he goes on a journey of heroics and self-discovery.

Market: Young Adult
Language: None
Sensuality: None
Violence: Mild
Mature Themes: Death, Oppression

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