The Supernaturalist

The Supernaturalist

Book - 2005
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Fourteen-year-old Cosmo Hill is abandoned by his parents and sent to live at Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, where he is forced to work testing dangerous products. He escapes when he joins up with a group of kids who share his power to see supernatural parasites. Together they patrol the city hunting the Parasites and trying to save what is left of humanity in Satellite City.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2005, c2004
Edition: 1st Hyperion Paperback ed. --
ISBN: 9780786851492
Branch Call Number: J FIC Colfe 3558jv 1
Characteristics: 267 p


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Jul 18, 2016

this book made me remember to some day live in a volcano

Jul 09, 2016

Hello everyone! This book started off a little bit slow for me and it took me some time to get into it. In fact I never got into it. I only finished it because of my strong willed determination. It has a refreshing plot but just poor execution. I figured out what was happening just because I knew that the supernaturalists must be wrong in their original hunt. This is told in alternating viewpoints but within the same chapter. It is mostly told in the main characters point of view though.


-The rain is dangerous for the eyes due to toxic chemicals mixing with it. It makes your eyes burn.
-Maybe I’m not reading well enough but I don’t understand their world and how it works. For example, they say: “The Satellite feeds the rotation times to the units. Apparently two apartments got rotated south at the same time.” “The Big Pig is a twenty-four-hour city, so factories revolve their buildings just as they revolve their shifts. Everybody gets eight hours quiet and eight hours south facing. For the other eight, you’re working, so you don’t care where your apartment is.” “The Satellite tried to squeeze two apartments into one space. Nasty.” page 61”
Do they mean that the actual building is rotating? Is the building also actually moving positions?
-I feel like the Parasites are like guardian angels kind of.
-Early prediction: the Parasites are protecting the souls of those dead because Satellite City stores the dead souls in maybe redistributes them or something like that.
Prediction wrong but on the right track.
-I skipped a lot of this story because it was just dead information. Like the things happening were not moving the plot along at all but just kind of happening. I literally skimmed through most of chapter five, seven, eight, nine, and ten. I probably could’ve skimmed this whole book and still tell you what happened.

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JewelMcLatchy Apr 02, 2013

Having first read the graphic novel version, I found myself appreciating the details that were left out when switching formats. Loved the full colour of the graphic novel and it stayed very true to the original story, but there's just something about the actual book that I missed and didn't realize until I read the full length novel.

Oct 27, 2011

the book was awesome and had a great ending but i found the story was kinda repetitive but it was still awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 09, 2011

this book was tottally awesome!!

Nov 14, 2010

heard its good so i will try iit beacause Eoin Colfer is a great author.

Jun 06, 2010

I found this book a bit slow at first, but it got better as it went along. I particularily liked the ending.

sit_walk Aug 19, 2009

As a teen sci-fi novel I thought it was quite well done and breaks with some of the conventions of the genre.

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Mar 27, 2012

Dr_Inferno thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jun 27, 2011

bookKITTY thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


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