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The Supernaturalist

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  21,225 ratings  ·  916 reviews
In the future, in a place called Satelite City, fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill enters the world, unwanted by his parents. He's sent to the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, Freight class. At Clarissa Frayne, the boys are put to work by the state, testing highly dangerous products. At the end of most days, they are covered with burns, bruises, and sore ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published April 20th 2005 by Disney-Hyperion (first published 2004)
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Grace I think that The Supernaturalist is a stand alone book, I don't think Eoin Colfier has indicated otherwise. Sorry.
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Mitchel Broussard
Time to review another oldie:D

This is one of those books that I absolutely LOVE but am terrified to re-read and find out it's not as great as my 12 year old naive mind remembers it.

But, anyway, it is epic, with great stories, lovably mean characters, cool sci fi/cyberpunk elements and an AMAZING finale (it's on this giant floating weather baloon/space station thing, i really dont remember much just that i was drooling all over myself). I swear the first thing i remember thinking upon finishing t
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
The Supernaturalist is intriguing dystopian science fiction that would appeal to a younger reader or even older readers who aren't looking for a story that's highly sophisticated. Overall, I liked it, although I was dissatisfied with some elements.

British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (one of my actor crushes) narrates this book very capably, using diverse accents for the characters. I am glad I chose to listen to this even though I have a paper copy. I liked hearing it, which stimulated my imagination
The Supernaturalist is very like Artemis Fowl in tone. It's fun and quick, but I didn't get into it as much as Artemis Fowl -- the characters, I guess, are the problem. I liked Stefan, and maybe Ditto, but the others were kinda 'meh'. I didn't get much idea of what drives anyone, apart from Stefan.

Plot-wise, it's okay, but everything feels too easily. The group are too easily tricked, they escape too easily... There are fun ideas in the background, like the paralegals being pretty much like cops
Eoin Colfer

The SuperNaturalist is an incredibly addicting and interesting book written by Eoin Colfer, a highly respected author who has also written the Artemis Fowl series. Anyway, ths book takes place in the near future where everything is polluted and the world is very technology advanced but very bitter and mean. The story zooms in on the life and times of Cosmo Hill, an orphan living in a facility where children are tested on.

Cosmo's life changes completely wh
Carrie Slager
As a book reviewer, I hate to use clichés, but there really is only one word to describe The Supernaturalist: unique. Eoin Colfer’s more famous Artemis Fowl series and even his stand-alone novel, The Wish List have overshadowed his brilliant science fiction novel. Written with the humour and imagination I have come to expect from him, The Supernaturalist is absolutely brilliant.

Cosmo is pretty much your stereotypical protagonist in the beginning, but as the story progresses, he develops at a ver
This book gets three stars, because I did like it, but I did not think it was breathtaking or earth shattering. Some of it felt . . . rushed, maybe. I'm not sure. My main question the whole book really doesn't completely relate to the book. The question is why are all of the books that I find to read about future societies always so . . . depressing? Why have we always ruined the planet or had massive nuclear wars or have one unified government and lots of downtrodden, unhappy people? Am I just ...more
Great Sci-fi to help turn teen reader into an adult reader.

I was torn between 4 and 5 stars, let's call it 4.5; being an author I fully support rounding up.

This book seems to be heavily influenced by Snow Crash (which it just happens I am also reading now)--not the story, just the world. Then again, Snow Crash was influenced by other dystopian novels.

The book is about a band of characters, most teens, who are fighting creatures that only they can see. The MC has just escaped certain death at a l
Martin Patrick
Despite the lack of compelling characters or compelling ideas, I found myself unable to stop reading it until I was done. The ending was a little unsatisfactory though, as the central conflict was resolved, but the peripheral conflict was not and was left wide open.

Characters: Meh. The main character, an orphan, didn't even pull on my heartstrings that much. Maybe I'm a cold-hearted jerk. The dialogue for each character fits with their backstory, but they all talk the same, except for the obviou
Jennifer H
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Sara ♥
Dec 1, 2009
Eoin Colfer TOTALLY needs to write a sequel! Does he expect me to just keep reading this one over and over again? Really?

Nov 21, 2008
It was cute. I couldn't help but wonder if Eoin was going to write a sequel or not. I don't know that he's planning to, but it would work! It ended really well, and the whole thing was REALLY INTERESTING! And the twists in the plot! This author has a gift! :)
Dec 20, 2014 Lauren rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Freshmen in high school and younger (unless you really like sci-fi)

Truly, this was a disappointment to me... while it has gripping action scenes and interesting characters, I expected as much originality from Eoin Colfer's as in his Artemis Fowl series. This book resonated as more of the same disgusting/dark future tale with just a different mystery about it. I think that the major problem I had was that I felt I was just too old for this book when I read it. Thus, I would encourage only people younger than 17yrs to read it.

As I have said, this is your typi
This book is by the author who created Artemis Fowl, but this book is a different book from the Artemis Fowl books. Nevertheless, this book is a bit similar to the series and has bit of the same action. The main character is different from Artemis who lived in a life of luxary(if you call it luxary), Cosmos grew up in a orphanage, or lets rather say a torture prison. Cosmos was a no-sponser who was left on Cosmosnaut Hill and was sent to Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys b ...more
Satellite city is a place in our future it has everything the body needs and nothing what the soul wants. Steel builings, high tec for everything, multibillion corporation terror, polluted air - the list goes on.

The main character is 14 year old Cosmo Hill, named by the place where he was found in, escaped "prisoner" from the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. Escaped and saved from the blue creatures who seem to be sucking the life out of you by a group called The Supern
Zandt McCue
I started this book during a huge period of downtime for me where I was devouring books left and right. For whatever reason I just couldn't handle this one. I gave up after a few pages. I made it further in Twilight than this and I'm a huge Eoin Colfer fan. Maybe I'll give it another go, but for those interested on input...I feel like it didn't have the Eoin Colfer feel to it. At least not the beginning.
A team of minors hunting down invisible creatures in a dystopian world in a story filled with fun sci-fi technology.

This is pretty much a story before its time.

I booktalked this to middle schoolers (alongside the graphic novel adaptation) in January 2014 and even though it's ten years old, it's taking off in my community.

I remember having trouble following the descriptions of technology and the world over audio, but I imagine reading it with more attention would cover that. There are some very
Pedro Rodriguez
Eoin Colfer’s The Supernaturalist catches my emotions with its suspension and unique style. In my opinion this book is one of my favorites because of the way the author tells the story in the 3rd person. Also because I just love science fictional novels.

The theme of this book is that friends will always be there for you and to believe in yourself and the ones around you. For example when Stefan had doubts about his friends and his friends still stay with him. It also tells us to never give up ev
I recommend The Supernaturalists for ages ten and older. The reason why I wouldn’t recommend this book for nine and younger is because some parts are a little sad and have a deep meaning that younger kids wouldn’t understand. The genre of the book is science fiction but it also action, mystery and more. The setting takes place in a dystopian world that is run by a satellite. The book kept me turning pages because every time they fixed a problem it would lead to another problem. The characters we ...more
Sci-fi od Colfera je trochu jiný šálek kávy, než na jaký jsem zvyklý. Ale koneckonců se mi to líbilo. Jen mám menší tušení, že mladší čtenáři nebudou mít díky všemožným vědeckým termínům šajn, co v danou chvíli hlavní hrdinové provádí.
Rain (Ivyclad Ideas)
I feel really conflicted about this one. When I first started it, I praised the excellent world-building. I don't usually like the idea that the future is aterrible place, partly because it's depressing and partly because dystopian fiction seems obsessed with it, but I thought thatit was done well in The Supernaturalist. I especially liked the idea of Clarissa Frayne and Cosmo's need to escape from it.

Unfortunately, I liked the whole escape-from-Clarissa-Frayne plot a whole lot better than I lik
the book was good though not really the best of colfer's works. even the wish list was better, here are the reasons why i thought that the book could have been better.:

1) sense of humour(or rather the lack of it): i know that many people will disagree but having read the artemis fowl series and the wish list, i must say that eoin colfer has a much much better a sense of humour. i really miss those witty dialogues that filled every page of the fowl series.

2) the plot: fighting the parasites was
Fred Vargus
One of the New York Times' best selling books, The Supernaturalist, is a very suspenseful and intense book. It was written by one of the New York Times' best selling authors, Eoin Colfer, as well. This fiction book is about a boy in the future named Cosmo Hill, the books main character and protagonist. He grew up in the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, Freight class, in Satellite city; a future city that it has everything the body needs and nothing what the soul wants; S ...more
THE SUPERNATURALIST starts off where Eoin Colfer describes a little about Clarissa Fayne facility and the Satellite City world full of metal and different technology. We get introduced to our protagonist Cosmo who wants to escape from Clarissa Fayne and ends up doing so. Outside, he meets three other people that they call themselves, Supernaturalists who hunt down Parasites, little blue blobs that suck the life out of you.

There is Stefan the team leader who is about 18 years old. He has is own s
The Supernaturalist
By Eoin Colfer
267 pages

The Supernaturalist is a story that takes place in the future and in a city called Satellite City. The city is extremely polluted and it is made completely out of a metal called pig-iron. It is a horrible place to live…if you live in the wrong place. The main character is an orphan named Cosmonaut Hill because that was where he was found as a baby. He lived in Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged, which is a complicated and relativel
I liked Colfer's Artemis Fowl books, so I figured I would like this one too. Not so. Colfer's frankly amazing world-creation skills are still here, but the characters did absolutely nothing for me as a reader. Ditto the Bartoli baby was intriguing, but I felt like he had a lot of backstory that didn't make it into the book--the ending sets up for a sequel that never seems to have been published, thankfully--and I was never sure whether I liked him or not, or even if Colfer wanted me to. Cosmo's ...more

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 dystopian city, young Cosmo escapes from the sadistic clutches of those who run the orphanage in which he's been incarcerated and used as a guinea pig for various potentially lethal drugs and allies himself w
I'm not a big fan of Mr. Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, so I started this story with some trepidation. I listened to this book and that may have added to my enjoyment, as I found the reader, Chiwetel Ejiofor (I kept rewinding the reader's pronunciation of his name and I still don't know how to say it!), quite delightful. However, I also think I just liked this story better.
It takes place in the same dystopian future as Artemis Fowl, with teenagers who are living on the fringe of society, evil cor
It was a really, really, really well written book :D I do admit that the futuristic aspect is different, but Mr. Eoin Colfer surprises me even then! It's reminiscent to the Artemis Fowl series, not only because of how it's written, but because you have teenagers saving the world as well as other creatures that impact the storyline. It's also actionpacked and well written (albeit, I found ONE typo in my copy xD).

The characterization was super awesome (I love how these minor details about each cha
Another lend from Spencer. This one is more science fiction than the other two books I have read by Eoin Colfer and perhaps for an older audience (definitely an older audience than his Artemis Fowl books). Set in the future, Cosmo escapes from an orphanage for "parentally challenged children," nearly dying in the attempt, and links up with a trio of street-wise kids. It appears that Cosmo can see the weird blue alien forces that suck the life force out of dying people so he is useful to these ki ...more
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A
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