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Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Supernaturalist

I came across this book in our basement one day, while I was working on doing my laundry. The cover of the book (which looked like this) caught my eye... largely because it kinda glowed in the light. Anyhow, that (plus the fact that I didn't really mind the only Artemis Fowl book I've read, which was also written by author Eoin Colfer) was enough for me to pick up the book and give it a read.

The story is set in the future at some point, and follows an orphaned 'kid' (he's 14, so I don't know if you'd call him a kid or not) named Cosmo Hill. He's sent to an institute for similar kids, where they're pretty much guinea pigs for the many dangerous products being tested. Having had enough, he gets the opportunity one day and escapes... though his friend dies during the escape.

He, meanwhile, is saved by a crew of kids who, like Cosmo, can see the weird creatures that seem to feed on the human life force or something... something very few can see. Cosmo, after recovering, joins them as they set out to rid the world of these creatures that are always awaiting human suffering to get into the action.

And then they learn a couple of horrible secrets that leave them struggling to figure out what exactly it is they believe... and what they should be doing about it.

It's nothing amazing, but it's still a nice book and a fairly easy read. I might even argue that it's better than the 1 Artemis Fowl book I have read (though that's up for debate). And I'll probably be reading the yet-to-be-released sequel of this book at some point in the near future as well. Worth a shot, if nothing else.