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Satellite City, a vast twenty-five million people plus satellite-controlled metropolis in the third millennium, is home to Cosmo Hill. This 14-year-old orphan, a "no sponsor", inhabits--or rather "survives" in--an orphanage called the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. There are only three ways out of such a miserable establishment: adoption, death or escape. The average life expectancy is 15 years. Cosmo has a year left. At best.
When his chance comes to escape during a transportation crash, Cosmo grabs it and flees into the unknown city. But he is tracked by a zealous guard and falls from a tall building. Accidentally, of course. As Cosmo's life force ebbs away, apparently sucked out by a strange blue parasite, he is rescued by a motley crew of kids. They're on a mission, and Cosmo is drafted in to help them. It's a whole new dangerous beginning
Colfer has carved out a funky little genre all on his own: he writes exciting adventures that are funny and futuristic, page-turning and realistic. They're not fantasy, but his books are fantastical. They've got a bit of magic about them, without being overtly magical in the Harry Potter sense.
Artemis Fowl has been described as "Die Hard with fairies". The Supernaturalist is heralded as The Matrix meets Ghostbusters. Colfer has a golden touch at the moment and this is another priceless nugget. Suitable for ages 10 and over. --John McLay
I just read this book a few months ago. No. Wait. That was "Shade's Children" by Garth Nix. Young boy escapes from a cruel youth prison in some unspecified dystopian... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ancient Mariner
What a great book! Eoin Colfer has a wonderful imagination and a lovely, intelligent way with words. Highly recommended :-DPublished 16 months ago by sooz2710
Great story that helped get me a degree. Great narration. Speedy delivery, reasonable price. Would like to see this as a film.Published 20 months ago by Donks
This book is SO COOL I have read it 5 times already and there is an EPIC ending!!!! :D :DPublished 21 months ago by Rhosmari
Eoin Colfer's books are for all ages, i am in my fifties now and have enjoyed this book and the artemis fowl series.Published on 12 Jun. 2013 by john owens