In futuristic Satellite City, fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill escapes from his abusive orphanage and teams up with three other people who share his unusual ability to see supernatural creatures, and together they determine the nature and purpose of the swarming blue Parasites that are invisible to most humans.
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Colfer’s skill with writing fast paced action scenes is incredible. Having read a few books recently that had a go at action and failed, I noticed an impressive contrast with the action in The Supernaturalist. Scenes involving nitrous-oxide-powered-car racing, warehouse gun-fights and nuclear explosions all enable Colfer to brew up more of his masterfully-written, fast-as-a-movie style action that will have readers on the edges of their seats, grinning madly.
In my opinion, however, the most brilliant aspect of this book is the setting. Colfer has succeeded spectacularly in creating a realistic, imaginative future scene, and has even more realistically practised talking about that future as though he were in it, and everything were perfectly normal. Comments such as those regarding a very old truck, (so old that it actually had real rubber tyres instead of plastic treads,) make real a dingy future where the modern city is situated under a satellite that stores information, and nobody ventures outside without a gas mask when the refraction of sunlight turns the city smog any colour too close to red. It was this wonderful ambience that gave me such fond memories of The Supernaturalist from my first reading two years ago, and compelled me to read it again. It’s a must-have for people such as Future Problem Solvers who want to practise thinking futuristically and creatively.
This book gets both thumbs up from me – in my opinion, it’s just as good as Artemis Fowl. Highly recommended for fans of Colfer’s work, and anybody else who likes books.
Colfer is best known for his humorous fantasies -- like the Artemis Fowl series -- and I expected this to be more of the same. Although this has some humour interspersed, especially early on, in fact it's a pretty dour -- and really fairly damn' fine -- piece of science fiction. In a future
Not my favorite Eoin Colfer, but still an interesting story with the fabulous other-world-in-your-backyard I love him for.
After an accident and forced escape, Cosmo almost dies and suddenly he can see strange blue creatures sucking the life force out of him and his friend. A group of young people show up, blast the creatures, and save Cosmo. They reveal themselves as Supernaturalists who aim to save people from the strange aliens. They say that the aliens seem to be multiplying faster and faster. There is intrigue and misunderstanding with both a moral victory and the acknowledgement that the "evil" keeps on but moves to a less obvious place.
Great characters and interesting plot and much better in my opinion than the Artemis Fowl books.
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.
Three youngsters rescue Cosmo from the Parasite that he first sees making a meal of himself. They are the Supernaturalists, who have banded together to try to rid Satellite City of the Parasite problem that only they seem to be aware of. Realising that Cosmo, too, has become a “Spotter”, they take him in, and for the first time Cosmo feels a part of a family, even his new family are a little peculiar.
The Supernaturalists are Stefan, Mona, and Ditto. Stefan is the tormented leader of the group with a particular vendetta against the Parasites, who he believes killed his beloved mother. Mona is younger than Stefan, around Cosmo’s age. She is beautiful, and her gang background makes her a very talented mechanic. The third member of the group is perhaps the most unusual: although he looks like a six-year-old, Ditto is twenty-eight years old, the product of some unsuccessful genetic modification.
Together with Cosmo, these three patrol the city at night, looking for accidents that cause pain, which will cause the Parasites to turn up. Their equipment is not as sophisticated as the combat-trained lawyers’, who also prey on accident victims, but it is usually sufficient to do their job and get away in a hurry. Eventually the Supernaturalists become aware that their operations are being watched and condoned by the corporation controlling the city, but maybe that’s not really what they want…
This story is set in Satellite City, a city supposedly operated entirely by the Satellite orbiting not too high above. But lately things have been going wrong- the Satellite is overtaxed and is causing accidents. In fact, those ‘in the know’ begin to suspect that the deterioration is related in some way to the Parasites, and of course it is up to the Supernaturalists to find their own way of solving this problem.
This is an exciting book, with a number of unexpected twists in the plot. I would recommend it to all children who like fast cars and shooting aliens, but also enjoy clever writing.
This is a disturbing and believable portrait of a future world, destroyed by pollution and corrupted by greed. The rules of this world are consistently followed and internally logical. The characters and events are compelling. Colfer creates tense action scenes and build suspense through the book. It is appropriate for grades 5 and up.
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
In the future, in a place called Satellite City, Cosmo Hill (14yrs old) is sent to Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Chanllenged Boys. The boys that go to the Institute test highly dangerous products and at the end of most days, they are covered
The book 'The Supernaturalist' was a very good book. It took me a while to get in to it but in the end I found it got more and more interesting and exiting as I read on. This book had very good description on the characters and the story but could have been more captivating at the start of the book so the reader hesitated to put the book down.
This book suited an age group from 10-15 years old(my age group), as the character was in this age group (14yrs) and so the reader reading this book could relate to what Cosmo (the main character) was thinking or what he was doing.
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.
Another audiobook download for the trip to North Bay—my first Eoin Colfer novel. Chiwetel Ejiofor blew me away with his voice acting: various British, Irish, Russian, Mexican and American accents plus fast-paced narration that was like a word-based obstacle course.
Eoin Colfer gave each supernaturalist a distinct personality and story arc. The gadgetry was plausible and necessary to plot development. The dystopia seemed not too distant from our own—global politics based on the market economy. This book has it all: suspense, humour, pathos, an evil genius….
8 out of 10. For fans of Oliver Twist and the Matrix!
This was my third Eoin Colfer books and it has been amazing like the aother books as well. The author give the character from this book each different personalities, background, and stories of how they become a spotter. Each character is different like how they act and where they came from. He meets Ditto, a 28 year old guy who looks like a 6 years old kid. Stefan, who is an ex police officer and his around 18, is the leader. Mona Vasquez, who is a wonderful engine and she is only 14 years old, the same age as Cosmo. I recommend this book and rate it four and half.
Cosmonaut Hill has just escaped from the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. His only friend has just died from the electric shock treatment. He is dying and the life is being sucked out of him by a parastite on his chest. Suddenly, a gang of kids come and blast the creature away. The kids have come to save him and his new life as a 'supernaturalist' has just begun...
The Supernaturalist is a Sci-Fi book that i would highly recomend to people who are looking for a book with lots of adventure and action. It is full of mystery and action, making this book a great page-turner and a excellent book for young readers out there. There is not a moment when there isn't any shooting of parasites or escaping from exploding buildings. The plot of the story is developed into the action. The parisites at first seen like evil life sucking creatures... but is everything all as it seems?
I would rate this books as Highly Recommended. This is a book with just the right combination of action, mystery and sci-fi. It has a very cleverly woven plot to it and i am looking forward to reading some of Eoin Colfers other books.
Johnny Gao SBHS
This novel is one of the best novels I have ever read.My opinion towards this novel is amazed and thrilled.I am amazed by this book because it fits the setting of the time and place this book takes place.Also, the story has an even mixture of pace and of events.What I mean is that this novel has enough pace or that the story escalates quickly enough so the reader wouldn’t be bored to death,but at the same time has events in the story that are detailed enough for the pace.This is something I really like.I am also thrilled towards this book because this book really fits “my style” of book.I like books with adventure,mystery,ficton, and so much more and this novel puts in the right “kind” of book at the right time in the story.The Supernaturalist is now at my top ten books and I recommend that anyone who wants to read a good novel should read this.