Book Review: The Supernaturalist

Review of The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer

supernaturalistsStarted: 9/24/13; finished: 9/25/13

Goodreads rating: 3/5 stars

my rating: OK

pages: 267 (paperback)

found: library

I originally took this book out hoping to convince my twelve year old son to read it but he just rolled his eyes without looking at it. Since it was there I figured why not.

This is an older middle grade novel and the main character is fourteen year old Cosmo Hill—named for the place he was found abandoned. An orphan, he is sent to Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. Life is bleak for the orphans. They are subjected to all sorts of tortures in the name of science, used as human guinea pigs.

But Cosmo has dreams of escaping and when he gets his chance he goes for it. He finds himself wrapped up in the world of the Supernaturalists—a group of quirky kids that can see interdimensional creatures just like Cosmo can. He joins their quest to save humanity from the life-sucking monsters but are they really saving? Or doing more damage than good?

There were some interesting twists and turns that kept me interested in the story although I found it a little slow and simplistic. Probably because I’m much older than the intended audience. It’s an OK book that I gave three stars to at Goodreads. I’m sure fans of Colfer’s other works will really enjoy this book.