Horror. Young Adult Fiction. Eoin Colfer has made millions of fans around the world with his much-loved character, Artemis Fowl, the star of his hugely best-selling series. Now, in a beautifully written novel that is already breaking records in his native Ireland, Colfer introduces readers to a lovable but troubled heroine, who has been given the opportunity for a special kind of redemption. Meg Finn is in trouble-unearthly trouble. Cast out of her home by her stepfather after her mother's death, Meg is a wanderer, a troublemaker. But after her latest stunt, finding a place to sleep is the least of her worries. Belch, her partner in crime, has gotten her involved in the attempted robbery of an elderly man, Lowrie McCall. And things go horribly wrong. After an accidental explosion, Meg's spirit is flung into limbo, and a race begins between the demonic and the divine to win her soul. Irreverent, hilarious, and touchingly hopeful, The Wish List takes readers on a journey of second chances, where joy is found in the most unexpected places.
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Meg is killed by her partner in crime during a home invasion; this should send her right to hell along with Belch and his dog (now one being) but just before her death she tried to stop the crime and put her life at risk to save the life of an old man. One in several million, Meg has a life exactly balanced between good and evil deeds. Meg is given a chance to redeem herself by returning to earth and fulfilling the Wish List but Satan has decided that she must not succeed and he is sending someone to stop her. Humanity ensues.
On the face of it it's obvious that Meg Finn should go to hell. She was involved in a breakin on Lowrie McCall with Belch Brennan and his nasty pit bull Raptor, the outcome of which was Lowrie injured by the dog and Meg, Belch and Raptor dead, because Belch needed to prove his superiority and threaten Meg and accidentally blow them all to bits. When Meg arrives in the afterlife she's balanced between good and evil and gets a chance to go back and earn her way into heaven. She has to help Lowrie. Lowrie decides to make a wish list of things he wishes he had done, and the two of them go to it. Meanwhile Hell send Belch after her.
It's light, predictable, fun and I enjoyed it as a fun diversion.
While fantasy and supernatural type books are usually not what I typically read and it took me awhile to get into Wish List, I could soon see why this book is popular for teens. Colfer’s writing style is hysterically funny in some scenes and it helps that the book never takes itself too seriously. I think that this title would also be a good recommendation for reluctant readers if they have no issues with the afterlife topic.
I really enjoyed this book. I Iiked how the author portrayed the concept of Heaven and Hell. Eoin described how she saw Heaven and Hell so well, that it felt like I was a spirit drifting along "The Tunnel". Eoin also did an excellent job of describing the devil. She gave him such a specific personality, and distinctive charectoristics. I loved how well I was able to picture the story, due to the wording and the descriptions. But I also like how creative Eoin Collifer got when it came down to Lowrie's wishes and Meg's powers. They were just so unexpected but i can't be specific because I don't want to give it away. The Wish List is so different than any other book that I have ever read. I would reccomend it to anyone who appreciates reading really good books, and who takes the time to really imagine everything that the author has written down.
For the thousandth time, Meg Finn wondered what she was doing here. How had she sunk this far – skulking around the granny flats with a lowlife like Belch Brennan? Her reflection glared accusingly from the window pane. For a second she saw the ghost of her mother in that face. The same wide blue eyes, the same braided blonde hair, even the same frown wrinkles between her eyebrows. What would Mam think of this latest escapade? Meg's involuntary blush answered the question for her.
Something slit in the window frame. 'We're in,' grunted Belch. 'Let's go.' Raptor scrabbled up the wall into the dark interior. He was the point-dog, sent in to check for hostiles. His orders were simple. Bite everything. If it screamed, it was hostile. The pit bull was not what you'd call a stealth canine and managed to barge into every stick of furniture on the ground floor.
'Why don't we just ring the bell?' groaned Meg. 'Oh stop your whining, Finn,' snorted Belch. 'Old Lowrie is deaf as a post anyway. You could set off fireworks in there and he wouldn't stop snoring.' Belch hoisted his considerable bulk over the sill, exposing a drooping belly in the process. Meg shuddered. Disgusting.
Her partner's face appeared from the darkness. 'Are you coming, Finn?' Meg paused. This was it. The line between bold and bad. The decision was hers....