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The Angel Factory [Hardcover]

Terence Blacker
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8 Jun 2001
Life seems perfect for Thomas Wisdom - too pertect. in fact. When Thomas becomes convinced that his parents are concealing some kind of secret from him he hacks into his father's computer. What he discovers there leads him into a strange and frightening adventure that reaches from his own family to the far ends of the universe and involves nothing less than the future of the human race. The Angel Factory is an exciting and surprising new novel from the author of The Transfer.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (8 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333900723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333900727
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,665,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terence Blacker's The Angel Factory is a dark and delicious tale of a world where nothing is quite as it seems. Thomas Wisdom's life is almost too perfect, and he begins to feel that there must be a chink in the perfection. Tom's best friend, a boy whose life could be described as anything but perfect, thinks he may have the answer to Thomas' questions. But as they are drawn closer and closer to the truth, the pair realise that they are living moving into a world where nothing is quite as it seems.

Blacker draws the reader into a dark and treacherous world, bringing a totally mesmerising and ultimately disturbing vision of good and evil to powerful life. The story of Tom's search for the truth is thrilling in the extreme, and as he draws closer to the reality of his life, the intensity and terror of his situation is palpable. This is a fine thriller from a fine author who has, in The Angel Factory balanced great storytelling skills with a truly page-turning plot that, to coin yet another cliché, will have readers holding on to the edge of their seats. (Ages 10 and over) --Susan Harrison


'Absolutely absorbing...A fascinating, page-turning read that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.' Children's Bookseller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Angel Delight 18 Oct 2008
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I was looking for a good book to read to my child - one that had a bit of modernity and edge, but wasn't too adult. This is a very readable story about families and friendship, dressed up as a sci-fi. The writing and dialogue sometimes seemed a little clunky, but the atmosphere and emotions are very strong.
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I bought this book on the basis of a Radio 4 review. The storyline is excellent which maintained my interest in reading to my 8 year old whilst sitting in a tent in rain-drenched France recently. It also maintaining his interest in listening. There is a second level to the book in that it covers the issue of a dilemma known as the paradise syndrome where children of successful parents, particularly in the US, feel on one level life is perfect but below that is a sense of disquiet as they are not striving to achieve as everything is given on a plate. Their parents have achieved much so they do not need to strive in the short-term but in the long-term they know that they are unlikely to match their parent's success. In the book Tom feels this disquiet and discovers his family are not all they appear to be.
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When twelve-year old Tom and his friend, Gip, hack into Tom's father's computer what they find blows apart Tom's so-called normal life forever. Suddenly he is plunged into a treacherous and terrifying world where the future of mankind is at stake. In The Angel Factory, sci-fi meets psychological thriller. Read this book and people in the street will never look the same again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good but not spectacular read. 13 Feb 2002
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I will probably be lynched after saying this but I really don't think that The Angel factory was that amazing. It started off good and was funny, orignial and interesting but then sudden;y the whole alien idea was trown in. Surely if Mr Blacker was going to write a totally unique book he could have come up with something a bit more orgininal than aliens wanting to take over the world? I'm not saying that the book was awful, as overall it was a good read and the side characters such as Gip and Tom's sister and dog were fantastic; but the whole book in general was decent but not outrageously amazing.
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I must be one of the only people not to adore the Angel Factory. For me it was excellent until the whole alien idea was brought in and then it just became silly. There were some fantastic oneliners and the side characters were very good, i.e. his siter and the dog. Overall however I felt that the author had taken a book that was initially very funny, clever and orignial and just thrown in an old idea. For me once he found out about the aliens-taking-over-world ploy it all lost it's attraction.
A good read but not a I-can't-put-this-down kind of read.
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