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The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
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Apr 09, 2012

it was amazing

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; Steel buildings, advanced technology for everything, multibillion corporation terror, and polluted air. Basically, Clarissa Frayne is a futuristic orphanage. At Clarissa Frayne, the boys are put to work by the state. They test highly dangerous products. At the end of most days, they are covered with burns, bruises, and sores. Cosmo soon realizes that if he doesn't escape Clarissa Frayne as soon as possible, he will die from all of the testing they do.
Eventually, he seizes his chance and breaks out of the institute with a friend of his, however, he dies in the endeavor, when he gets thrown off the edge of a building by an electric shock while being chased by the marshals from the institute. Cosmo and his friend, Ziplock, then lay on the ground, speechless. Cosmo then sees two blue creatures. One cradles itself around Ziplock and the other stares at him. It looked as if the creature was killing Ziplock. Then, the Supernaturalists stepped in and blasted the creatures and took Cosmo with them. These Supernaturalists are a group of kids who all have the same special ability as Cosmo-they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans, and the same creatures Cosmo saw on top of his friend before he died.
Led by Stefan an 18 year old ex-cop, assisted by ex-gang member Mona and former doctor called Ditto who could easily pass off as a 6 year old but actually is almost 5 times the age, due to being an experiment of a man known as Dr. Bartoli. The Supernaturalists patrol the city at night, hunting the Parasites down in order to save the rest of Satellite City. Cosmo joins this group and hunts down the parasites. However, as the story progresses the group soon comes into contact with a former friend of Stefan, the leader of the group. This character is known as Ellen Faustino. She says that she also wants to help get rid of the parasites, so she sets up the Supernaturalists. She gives them a bomb to plant in the nest of the parasites, to basically render the parasites useless.
This convinces Stefan, Cosmo, and their group that it will kill them off. Nonetheless, there is always a twist. In fact, Ellen Faustino plans on using the parasites as a source of energy for her network of satellites. It will cause less pollution, and, essentially, be cost-free. Also, the parasites are not even evil. Actually, they relieve pain from people, and they made Ziplock's death easier by removing the pain he experienced from the electric shock. Cosmo and the Supernaturalists are outraged by this and stop Ellen Faustino. With no worries about the parasites, and Ellen Faustino out of their way, the young group of kids no longer have an objective, so they then try and live normal lives.
This book was full of suspense on every single page. From being in the testing rooms of the Clarissa Frayne institute, to being in the nest of the parasites, there was no way to predict what would happen next, making the plot even more exciting. Cosmo goes from testing dangerous products, to blasting parasites, to taking down a major, billionaire evil mastermind, there was no stopping him. He took on every challenge with his friends, and beat each one. This book was very interesting and easy to read, mainly because I was always eager to know what would occur on the next page. Moreover, Eoin Colfer did an amazing job in writing this book. It grabbed my attention from the first sentence on the first page. I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in action-filled, suspenseful books.
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