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The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
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Jan 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-school-fiction, high-school-fiction, science-fiction

Eoin Colfer has a fabulous imagination for science fiction. This is a fast-action story about an orphan who escapes from a certain death sentence (his orphanage does product testing on the orphans until their bodies give out) to a life with a small band of vigilantes. These crusaders (aka supernaturalists) are fighting millions of blue parasites that suck the life out of humans who are in pain or have been wounded. Cosmo, our hero, can see the parasites because he had a near-death experience, and now he is quickly learning the supernaturalist trade. Though this is a pretty quick read, the characters are well developed and the plot takes enough twists and turns to keep the reader's interest. Cosmo is a classic reluctant hero, meaning he finds himself in lots of situations where he takes heroic action even though he'd rather not. Fans of science fiction and adventure stories will enjoy this one! I listened to the story, and the reader was fabulous -- able to switch from British to Russian to Mexican accents seamlessly.

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