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Taking a break from his wildly successful Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer delivers another punchy, superbly readable novel with all of the trademark qualities that have earned him so many fans. The Supernaturalist is inventive, dramatic, delicately witty and positively hip.
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
Reads like The Matrix crossed with Oliver Twist -- The Times
This story is for anyone who enjoys the wilder side of technology and is Eoin Colfers best book yet -- Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The answer is not a simple yes or no. The most honest reply would be to say that it is entirely different. For a start there's absolutely no magic - it's more science fiction, (though science fantasy would probably be a more accurate description). However, like AF it's full of futuristic high-tech gadgets and is incredibly imaginative and witty. There are plenty of laughs, thrill, spills and impossible adventures to keep you turning the pages, long after midnight!
Speaking personally, I didn't find Cosmo - the main character - as compelling/unique/vibrant as Artemis - but clearly Colfer is going for an entirely different protagonist here. He's far more the hapless under-dog than the wise-cracking evil genius. Supporting characters are fun, but I failed to bond with them - though the Bartolli baby (a 28 year-old man in a 6 year-old body is an imaginitive creation and great fun). The style is very action/comic book - and as ever the dialogue is superb.
So, dear Artemis Fowl fan, should you splash out on a copy or not? The answer is an unqualified YES. A great book, well worth reading - just be sure to approach it with an open mind, knowing it's taking a different (and at times slightly more mature) tack. Don't expect another Artemis ... just enjoy it for what it is!
The story is exciting, fast paced and full of unexpected twists and turns. I challenge anyone not armed with spoilers to predict the ending, it just can't be done. I enjoy a story like that, one that isn't too predictable, but looking back or re-reading after you've finished, there are many clues that you don't pick up on first time around. Or that I didn't, anyway. I read it again almost as soon as I'd finished the first time, and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.
The characters are all unique in their own way, although some are better than others. I personally found the main character, Cosmo Hill, much less interesting than Ditto (my favourite) and Stefan.
I don't see how anyone could not like this book, it is fast paced, funny and at the same time moving. Its version of the future is scary because sometimes it looks like the nightmare world in which it is set is where we are really headed.
I really hope there is a sequel, or even more than one, the way that it ends definitely leaves the possibility open. If there is one, I hope it will feature Ditto more heavily, he is the most interesting character not only in this book, but in any I've come across for a while. I really want to find out more about his history, and of course find out what the other creatures he mentioned are. Right now I'm hoping for more books following on from this story more than I am for another Artemis Fowl book. So, I've got my fingers crossed for a sequel, who's with me?
The book is set in the future, a polluted future full of supernatural entities. A future where "no sponsors" (orphans) are used as lab rats for big corporations.
In the opening chapter we meet a few needy souls. Cosmo Hill, inmate of the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, who at fourteen is having to stand down his cherished dream of being adopted. Along with the realisation that the orphanage was slowly killing him with product testing came the realisation that there were only three ways out - adoption, death or escape. With the first unlikely, the second undesirable, the only real option left was to escape. Within seconds of failure Cosmo is saved by an unlikely bunch of misfits - the supernaturalists.
I can understand why there is so much interest in this book, I can see it translating onto the big screen very well. It is a simple story, with numerous twists and turns, well told. If you enjoyed Eoin's previous works then you are just as likely to enjoy this. If you are blessed with a young imagination, and enjoy a good story well told, then give it a try, you may like it.
The characters, whilst lacking in depth, are quite suited to such a fast pased comic-strip-like story. Colfer's inventivness at creating fictional technology in a way that is totally believable is stronger than ever here, but it isn't quite as funny as the Artemis series. The greatest thing I can say about this book is that it brilliantly realizes a fictional world. I must have for anyone who enjoys children's fantasy or is looking for nice engrossing book that will utterly absorb them.
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Entertaining kids science fantasy set in an amusingly dystopian future with a good few twists in the plot. Enjoyable characters, many complete with character development. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. O. Lydiard
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