Thursday, November 20, 2014

Teen review: Fantasy/Sci Fi

The Supernaturalist is a 267-page science fiction book by Eoin Colfer, the author of the critically acclaimed Artemis Fowl series. This book is about an abused orphan growing up in the corrupt Clarissa Frayne Institute for the Parentally Challenged, where he and a thousand other boys are put to work testing dangerous chemical products, because...who else will? However, the boy--Cosmo--knows he has to escape the institution before he’s seriously injured or worse. He sits, waiting patiently for the perfect moment, and it comes. After his incredibly narrow escape, he is taken in by the Supernaturalists, a group of teens dedicated to eliminating supernatural forces on Earth. Cosmo must learn to work with the group to save all of mankind. However, he will later find out the truth of his work, and who the real enemy is.

This book was great to read. Between the brilliant moments of action and wit, The Supernaturalist never fails to surprise. The plot is filled with twists and turns that keeps the story new and fresh at every moment. It always seems as if every time the Supernaturalists take a step forward, they are pushed two steps back. They’re not only faced with supernatural problems, either. They’re faced with sappy day-to-day challenges that teens in our world have, about love, family, and friendship. The Supernaturalist is a deliciously made chocolate cake, and Eoin Colfer had the perfect recipe.

This book deserves a 4 out of 5. Eoin Colfer is a great author, and he’s certainly deserving of this rating. There’s never a dull moment in this book, and to me, that’s all a book needs to be a great one. I would recommend this book to all future-setting lovers, especially those who adore dystopia. The reading level starts from about 13 years old, but to be fair, it’s not exactly a hard book to read. The Supernaturalist is not part of a series, and I think I’d like it to stay that way. It has a great ending, and it works very well as a stand-alone book.

Reviewed by Isaac Kim, grade 9

Editor's note: There is also a graphic novel version!

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