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The Call

(Grey Land #1)

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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  8,984 ratings  ·  1,881 reviews
You have three minutes to save your life.

Nessa and her friends attend Boyle College to train for the most dangerous time of their lives – THE CALL.

Without warning, each one of them will wake in a terrifying land, alone and hunted, with a one-in-ten chance of returning alive.

No one believes Nessa can make it, but she’s determined to prove them all wrong. And she will need e
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by David Fickling Books (first published August 30th 2016)
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Alyssa I met the author and his editor last week at a book signing in Atlanta and he confirmed a sequel. He said that the second book will definitely be the…moreI met the author and his editor last week at a book signing in Atlanta and he confirmed a sequel. He said that the second book will definitely be the last, so a duology it is. (less)
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K. Rose I think the point is that they can't live in our world - as soon as they enter it they slowly start to shrink to the size of a bug (or maybe until…moreI think the point is that they can't live in our world - as soon as they enter it they slowly start to shrink to the size of a bug (or maybe until they disappear entirely?). And they don't want to live in our world as bugs, they want to rule it like they used to. (less)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This book was so much better than I was expecting it to be! Mind you, I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style, but it didn't really affect my overall enjoyment of the story. This book is gruesome & horrific. At times I had to set the book down, because of how twisted it was getting, but then I'd pick it right back up, because I had to know what was going to happen! This is the perfect read if you're looking for a unique horror story!

FULL VIDEO REVIEW CAN BE FOUND HERE: https://youtu.be/drt
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Christine Riccio
I REALLY REALLY ENJOYED THIS. CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 2. Here's my full booktalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xebkW...
Lori
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


A fairy tale. One where the Fae play with people like Sid Phillips plays with toys. Well, as harmful and destructive, but they seem more alien. (Sid is Andy's sociopath neighbor in Toy Story if you're not up to speed on children's movies.) Along the lines of:
As flies to wanton boys are we to the' gods,
They kill us for their sport.
—King Lear Act 4, scene 1, 32–37, William Shakespeare

It's a genre blend of fantasy, horror, and folklore. A contemporary setting with Ireland as a cursed land cut-off f
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Jilly
Wow!! I flew through this book. It was unputdownable!



Imagine the Hunger Games, but instead of only one group of kids a year having to go, every single teen has to go at one point. And, instead of fighting each other to the death, there are ugly, twisted, vicious monsters chasing you down to torture and kill you. You only have to survive the day, but only 1 in 10 makes it out alive. And, even then they are not without emotional and physical scars.



It was brutal. Dark, bloody, sadistic... yeah, rea
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Lori
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairy tale. One where the Fae play with people like Sid Phillips plays with toys. Well, as harmful and destructive, but they seem more alien. (Sid is Andy's sociopath neighbor in Toy Story if you're not up to speed on children's movies.) Along the lines of:
As flies to wanton boys are we to the' gods,
They kill us for their sport.
—King Lear Act 4, scene 1, 32–37, William Shakespeare

It's a genre blend of fantasy, horror, and folklore. A contemporary setting with Ireland as a cursed land cut-off f
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Ellen Gail
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Deliciously brutal and loads of fun, The Call is a bloody heart-racing delight. It's going to be a painful wait for the sequel!

The man who is speaking pokes his head in, reaching blindly with his deadly hands. But [she] has hands too and, before he knows what has hit him, she has taken his eyeballs...





Every child will be Called, it's only a matter of when. Between ages 10 - 17 every child in Ireland, male or female, healthy or not, will disappear for 3 minutes and 4 seconds (a full 24 hours to
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jv poore
Nessa was celebrating her 10th birthday when her childhood abruptly ended. Instead of giving gifts and baking a cake, her parents explain The Call.

The little girl that built an emotional armor against people’s perceptions; both the pitying looks as well as the ones filled with contempt and disbelief, is intelligent enough to understand the uselessness of her efforts. Her legs, twisted by polio into more of a hindrance than a help, have gone from a focal point to a genuine liability.

Held hostag
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Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Could You Survive the Call?


NOTE: Read it for a second time and still give it four stars. I really had fun with this one and just love the amount of gore and disturbing images. MORE!

I haven't read anything quite like this book, then again I've only more recently gotten really into dystopian books. This book was quite a ride!

The Call is centered a group of kids that are training for when it's their turn to be Called. At the age of ten they are taken from those they know and love and put into
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Kate (GirlReading)
3.75* The whole time reading this I couldn't stop thinking that this book is perfect for fans of Stranger Things. I recently watched and loved the show and this gave me major Stranger Things vibes. It was eerie and not afraid to be a little disturbing and push boundaries. It was definitely a fun read! I did find the ending slightly anticlimactic and I wasn't the biggest fan of the writing style (which I eventually got used to and it didn't take away from the enjoyment of the story.) The Call was ...more
Figgy
‘Listen,’ he says, ‘we don’t need the Sidhe to teach us evil. We were the ones who put them in the Grey Land, remember? And not just for a day or however long it is the Call lasts. We Irish… we trapped an entire race of people in hell for all eternity, just so we could take their homes for ourselves.’

In the Iron Age, the people of Ireland chased the fairyfolk away and trapped them in a nightmarish other dimension. 25 years ago the Sidhe successfully cursed Ireland, cutting it off from the rest o
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
$2.99 on kindle today! 1-19-2017
Vikki Patis
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard about The Call when it was still just a twinkle in Peadar’s eye. I was hobbling around with a walking stick at WorldCon, and he collared me into telling him about my illness with the promise of free coffee. He told me about a Hunger Games-style story, where teenagers fight for their right to live (and party, maybe), and how he wanted the protagonist to be different, to be struggling with a disability on top of everything else. So we chatted, and I heard his ideas with the excitement of a ...more
Joanna (joreadsalot)
This book had a lot of hype and therefore I was expecting a lot from it it had an interesting enough premise for me but the problem was the pacing. I thought it was too slow and the characters just didn't seem like people you could root for. Here they were in this dire situation and I couldn't root for anyone to come out on top or be the hero. Maybe the point was there wasn't suppose to be one but I usually like books that have heroes.

Nessa was just completely apathetic most of the time and whe
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Schizanthus
What was I thinking?! I discovered this book in 2016 and gave my initial read ⭐⭐⭐⭐. What?? This is clearly a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ book! I’d borrow more stars right now if that was possible!

Put to the ultimate test for your survival, you will find out exactly what you’re made of when you’re Called; literally if you’re not quick enough, wily enough or lucky enough. At some point during your adolescence you will be Called to the Grey Land. Your body will return, dead, alive or somewhere in between, exactly three
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Lauren Stoolfire
The people of Ireland have been facing the Call for the last twenty-five years and there's no avoiding it. The Sidhe are finally getting their revenge for having been driven under the mounds thousands of years ago. Those from age 11 to 16 could be Called from their lives into the world of the Sidhe without any warning for 24 hours - well, 3 minutes and four seconds in the human world. For all of those who get called the survival rate is only about 1 in 10, but that's much higher than it was in t ...more
Mizuki
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for this chilling and gloomy, and in parts downright gruesome and upsetting alternative-reality tale about a group of Irish teens struggling to survive the assaults of the revengeful faeries and their deadly realm.

15 years ago, Ireland was cut off from the rest of the world by magic, everyone who tried to escape by air or by sea would mysteriously vanish without a trace. Even worse, the Irish teenagers started to experience a strange and horrifying phenomena named The Call: out of the
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Amy Sturgis
If you're within the sound of my voice -- or, more appropriately, the sight of my written words -- please take this as a given: I want to sit you down, shove this book into your hands, and insist that you read it. Now.

Don't let my Goodreads reading dates fool you, either. I've read this twice already.

It may be easy to overlook what a stunning achievement this novel represents, but that's because Peadar Ó Guilín makes it seem so effortless as he draws the reader on from one page-turning moment to
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Jill
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wtf did I just read?

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Alright so I really don't have a ton to say about this book. It was just really freaking strange. It wasn't scary in the least. It was just weird. And I still don't even understand what happened. It also has a TON of very foul, vulgar language that was just completely unnecessary and just...wow. I feel like I could rant about this fact for 30 years but I won't get into it here. So, I went into this book with little to no expectations because I was hearing mediocre thin
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Puck
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Stranger Things & Dark fairy-stories
3,5 stars. If you can’t wait for “Stranger Things” to come back, this disturbing horror story might sooth your hunger. The Call is a teenage dystopia book far darker than the others, with a kickass main character that doesn’t let her physical disability stand in her way.

2000 years ago, the people of Ireland banished the fairyfolk to the hellish Grey Lands. As punishment, the faeries initiated "the Call", in which any Irish child between the age of ten and seventeen suddenly gets taken away
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Tammie
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-dark
The Call is a book that I'll have on my mind for quite some time- more horror than anything else and quite a gruesome tale the author tells. With a 1 in 10 chance of survival in this book- the odds are truly against you. The book was extremely fast-paced, - I would have loved to see more character development but it's still really good. I would suggest this to people who like horror, survival stories, and just a unique type of books in general.
Justine
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
4.5 stars

This book has a raw and stripped-down quality that enhances the grim story of the Sidhe exacting their revenge on the humans who took Ireland from them. Excellent storytelling and characters make it a real page turner.
Kortessa
I have read some good reviews about The Call, so I decided to give it a try myself...
Well, I liked it, not as much as I expected to.

The story is set in future Ireland which is cut off from the rest of the world. The population is aged because of The Call. Years ago the Irish people chased down the Sídhe to the Grey Lands and now the Sídhe want to take revenge and gain back their land. They call teenagers to the Grey Land and they have a kind of a fight with them, they kill them or twist them in
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Catherine
She says, "I'm going to live. And nobody's going to stop me." She believes every word of it.

Being a teenager is hard enough. It's been years since that time in my life, but I remember. In The Call, teenagers in alternate-reality Ireland have to deal with one more thing: the constant threat of disappearing for 3 minutes, only to return horrifically mutated and likely dead, all at the hands of vicious Sídhe (the Fair Folk) pursuers acting out of revenge and hatred for humans. This is The Call, whi
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Brie
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Call is pure heart racing Irish folklore horror for the YA audience like you've never seen before. I really enjoyed it, as someone who generally dislikes a lot of fae themed books. O'Guilin put the fury, revenge, and twisted nature back into the Irish fae – or sídhe – and as truly grim and at times horrifying the contents of this book are, it shows the humanity of the victims and the complicated ways groups of people try to survive these apocalyptic situations. It shows the way PTSD affects ...more
Maria Hill AKA MH Books
Well this is a very enjoyable tale well told. YA is not my favourite genre however there are always exceptions and this is one of them. This is compared a lot to the Hunger games (which is another YA I enjoyed) and the story really does have a lot in common with these books. What I really enjoyed though was the author taking the sanitised stories of the little people and fairies and bringing them back to the truly scary legends that there were of the Sidhe (or the old pagan gods of Ireland). The ...more
Cheryl
Sep 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to pick up this book and start reading it. Yet, I found myself struggling to read the book. I started this book at night. The next two nights I could only read about 2 chapters and then I grew tried and put the book down. I could barely even comprehend what I was reading. I thought that it was just me and the wrong time of the night to be reading this book. So, I picked up this book again during the day and proceed to start reading it again. Sadly, it was not me. This book w ...more
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

This is a difficult book for me to rate/review, like very difficult. I'm waffling between a 3 and 3.5 stars.

2000 years ago, humans banished faerie inhabitants to The Gray World. As punishment, the faeries initiated the "Call", in which adolescents are taken at random and hunted, tortured, even killed in the terrifying land of the faeries. 1 in 10 children survives the "Call", though they are not always returned the way they left. This story follows a handful of students i
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Morgannah
This one just wasn't for me. I was about 1/3 of the way in and felt no connection to the characters and didn't care whether they lived or died.
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Review to come.
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
This is One Call You Can't Ignore!- 4.5 stars...

"Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun. Could you survive the Call?"

I seem to be on a roll this week reading really good books! This is another fantastic book but it's so different I'm at loss at how t
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