The Supernaturalist

The Supernaturalist

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by Eoin Colfer, Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Unwanted by his parents, Cosmo Hill is put to work by the state, testing highly dangerous products. Cosmo realizes he must get away, and escapes with the help of the Supernaturalists, a group of kids who have the same special abilities as Cosmo—they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists patrol the


Unwanted by his parents, Cosmo Hill is put to work by the state, testing highly dangerous products. Cosmo realizes he must get away, and escapes with the help of the Supernaturalists, a group of kids who have the same special abilities as Cosmo—they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists patrol the city at night, hunting the Parasites in hopes of saving what is left of humanity in Satellite City. But soon they find themselves caught in a web far more complicated than they'd imagined, and they discover a horrifying secret that will force them to question everything they believe in.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer hits readers with this high-energy stand-alone novel about an orphan whose ability to see supernatural creatures lands him in an out-of-this-world adventure. Set in Satellite City in the third millennium, Colfer's book follows Cosmo Hill, a resident of the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. There, Cosmo's life is basically a living nightmare: The boys are test monkeys for pharmaceutical companies, and they have to put up with a nasty overseer named Marshal Redwood. But when Cosmo learns from a rogue group of kids ("The Supernaturalists") that he can spot invisible, energy-sucking parasites like the rest of them, he escapes Clarissa Frayne for a life of destroying parasites -- until the discovery of a high-level government secret spins the group in a harrowing new direction. As in his Artemis books, Colfer spins an action-packed thriller loaded with fantastic gadgetry and surprises at every turn, marking his plot with characters who aren't always to be trusted. Comparable to the movie Blade Runner with Dickens thrown in, Colfer's super-octane read will keep his legions of followers ultra charged up for more futuristic fun. Matt Warner
Publishers Weekly
Colfer's hard-luck tale will likely delight fans of his wildly popular Artemis Fowl series with its similar emphasis on high-tech gadgetry and fast-paced action. Set in the near future, the story concerns 14-year-old Cosmo Hill, an orphan living in Satellite City. The metropolis, a dystopia named for the metal Big Brother (a Myishi 9 Satellite) orbiting above it, offers "everything the body wanted, and nothing the soul needed." With no sponsor a detached figure which has replaced parents Cosmo ends up in an orphanage where he and other unwanted children become "guinea pigs" for food and drug testing. He escapes the orphanage soon after the novel opens, survives a brush with death and learns that he is a "Spotter" with the rare ability to see Parasites, small blue creatures that allegedly steal energy from wounded humans. Along come the Supernaturalists, a team of vigilantes, all of them also Spotters, who spend their nights roaming the streets and blasting Parasites. The story starts to get interesting late in the game, when the author reveals the true nature of the Parasites and why a mega-corporation with designs on their unique abilities has mounted a misinformation campaign against them. But the journey is uncharacteristically sluggish, especially during a lengthy scene involving rival gangs racing souped-up cars. Ages 10-up. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Abandoned by his parents as an infant, Cosmo Hill grows up in the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, a ghastly orphanage that puts the boys to work testing dangerous products. It's escape or die, Cosmo realizes, and at age 14 he sees his chance and makes a break for freedom. The blighted future world of Satellite City is a tough place, and he's lucky enough to be rescued by the Supernaturalists. These three young people share Cosmo's gift of being able to see the Parasites, beings who seem to suck the life force out of people who are dying. The four devote themselves to hunting down these Parasites and trying to destroy them, only to learn their true nature—and discover who their real enemy is. The action rarely lets up in this SF adventure by the author of the Artemis Fowl series and The Wish List. There are rooftop battles, a car race, and even a daring space walk. There are echoes of Ghostbusters, too, as it mixes some humor in with the pursuit of the supernatural, but there are serious moments as well and even a budding romance. An exciting read featuring a brave young protagonist, this will appeal to Colfer's many fans and win him new ones. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2004, Hyperion, Miramax Books, 268p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Paula Rohrlick
Children's Literature
Some years into the future unwanted children like Cosmo Hill are sent to a special institute. Reminiscent of the workhouses and asylums of the past, the boys are guinea pigs for new drugs and other products. It is a dangerous and unhappy existence in this place called the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. Cosmo is different, he is not willing to let his life just slip away and when he gets a chance he makes an escape along with a few other kids who can see what are called the supernatural parasites. They believe that these creatures are causing death and unhappiness among humans. Under the leadership of Stefan, they become a group of vigilantes and spend their time tracking and destroying the parasites. If these battles aren't enough they also must keep and eye out for the guards from Clarissa Frayne who would like nothing better than to capture these escapees and shrink-wrap them for good. The action never stops and the world and characters created by Colfer are engaging and the whole idea of shrink-wrapping people instead of shooting them is quite imaginative. You want to keep turning the pages. The tale takes a bit of a twist and the world that Cosmo and the other Supernaturalists live in gets turned upside down when they learn the truth about the parasites. The ending is different for a book that is bound to be a series, so we will all have to wait and see where Mono, Cosmo and Ditto head for their next adventure and what other companions will join them in their quest. 2004, Hyperion, Ages 10 up.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-A suspenseful, cautionary science fiction tale. In a future dystopia, cities have become for-profit businesses. Orphanages are not exempt from the struggle to make money, and at the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, kids are forced to endure product testing and frequently end up injured as a result. With orphans facing an average life expectancy of 15, 14-year-old Cosmo Hill knows that he is on borrowed time. Unfortunately, his escape attempt nearly proves fatal. While he's lying there dying, a small, hairless blue creature lands on his chest and begins to feed. He is rescued by the Supernaturalists, a motley crew of young people who have dedicated their lives to destroying the Parasites, which feed on the essence of the living. Cosmo joins the group as a Spotter, someone who can actually see the creatures and thus destroy them. However, facts soon emerge that cause the Supernaturalists to question everything they believe in. Is it possible that the Parasites don't feed off of the energy of dying people, but remove pain? Are they actually beneficial to society? The plot's twists and turns will keep readers totally engrossed until the last page. Colfer's futuristic world seems plausible; his characters have strengths, flaws, and histories that account for their points of view. The ending is satisfying yet open to the possibility of a sequel. For anyone who loves science fiction, or just an engrossing story, this novel is a must-read.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In the future's Satellite City, where everything's controlled by an enormous satellite, a plot-twisting adventure includes supernatural creatures, a disenfranchised band of Supernaturalists, and abundant use of futuristic weapons. Fourteen-year-old Cosmo escapes from an orphanage that uses boys as medical and commercial lab rats and meets three people racing around rooftops on a mission. The mission: electrically zapping ghostlike blue creatures at accident scenes before the creatures drain people's life force. Stefan is the leader, Mona the mechanic, and Ditto-a 28-year-old genetic experiment with a six-year-old's body-the medic. Character motivations often serve plot and exposition, but the action is nonstop. Most memorable are the corporate and police structures and weapons (including a slug shot that wraps its victim instantly in cellophane, requiring a vat of acid for removal) and the intriguing, philosophically elusive nature of the blue supernatural creatures. (Science fiction. 10-14)

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Meet the Author

Eoin Colfer ( is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Brief Biography

Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
Date of Birth:
May 14, 1965
Place of Birth:
Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987

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The Supernaturalist 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 204 reviews.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
In this gem of teen speculative fiction, Cosmo Hill makes a death-defying escape from an abusive orphanage, only to be propelled into a rogue group of spook-chasing youths. As the plot unfolds, Cosmo learns about eerie similarities between life in the orphanage and his new life as a Supernaturalist. Fans of Colfer¿s typical wit, humor, and creativity will again be thrilled. However, I have to admit that I was a much bigger fan of the Artemis Fowl books. This book had a more obvious opening for a sequel, and some of the plot twists were predictable, even if they were cute. If you are an Eoin Colfer fan, this book is definitely well worth a read. If you are new to the author, try Artemis Fowl first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the book and loved it! Should have made it into a series
yearningtoread More than 1 year ago
Cosmo Hill, nosponsor, orphan at Clarissa Frayne. Guinea pig for new chemicals and medicines. One of hundreds of thousands who long to be free of the dreadful orphanages. He has one friend, Ziploc. Well, if you could call him a friend. He was a nosponser like the rest of them, and the only one with the audacity to talk more than needed. If anything, Ziploc would get him into more trouble than he already was. And that's exactly what happens. When Ziploc, chained to Cosmo, jumps off a building to avoid being taken back to Clarissa Frayne, Cosmo is pulled with him. With the accident comes terrible consequences - Ziploc dies almost immediately from the force of the impact. But Cosmo...Cosmo is different. He's alive, yes, but he's also seeing things. The little blue creatures around him are sucking the life out of him - he can see the life flowing through their small bodies and back into the sky. It is then that the Supernaturalists come to Cosmo's rescue, saving his life and killing many of the life-sucking Parasites. Cosmo soon discovers that he and only a few other people can see these blue Parasites, and he is pulled right into a mystery that he never would have dreamed existed. If you've read my review for Colfer's newer novel, Airman, you know that I'm a fan. This was my second Colfer book and once again, I was thoroughly impressed. I picked it up because I needed a filler for my free time, unsure of what I would find behind the cover of the book or if I would like it. However, I found within the first twenty pages that I loved it. Not only is it written fantastically well, but it has an atmosphere that was entirely unexpected. It takes place in a futuristic world, one where you would expect people to be living large. A world where everything is perfect. Where everyone has jobs and everyone is happy. At least, that's what you would believe if you lived in the upper class of society. But this book takes place in the slums, where food is scarce, clothes are torn and used thin. Where children are trying to survive and gangs are strong and hard and cold. The characters are believable, even with their strange, futuristic attributes and/or their flaws. Stephan is by far my favorite. Dark, handsome, tall...trying to be a leader but unsure of how exactly to help those around him. He loves his friends with a sacrificial love and only wants to rid the world of the Parasites that are sucking the life out of us all. And the writing... Colfer is one of those writers who knows what he's doing. He's got the story structure, the characters - and the style. He is his own voice, and his voice carries like a shout in the mountains - one that echoes and echoes and echoes. One that will always be remembered. I encourage you to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Readers of this novel, do not despair. Eoin Colfer has simply outdone himself once more. Twists, amazing character background, and suspense all contribute to this book's overall perfection. I could not deny my mind the honor of reading such epic brilliance. As for my fellow reviewers, you shame the NOOK products. A device of education, used by none other than unintelligent fiends looking to slander the good Colfer name with poor grammar. This is a shopping site! Get a job at a drug store. That is my opinion of your reviewing skills. Also, try the book "Airman" for a great read. Farewell, amateurs in intelligence! Obi-wan Ravioli, away!
Anna Morales More than 1 year ago
I read this book in middle school about 7 years ago. I read alot of books then but this was the only one I truly remembered! It is a great story that will leave a positive impression and memory for years to come!
Vampires-and-Spongebob More than 1 year ago
The Supernaturalist was the very first book I ever read in middle school and I believe it was this book that made me to start to read like a brainiac maniac! The plot, characters, and setting were surprisingly great for a not a big sci-fi fan. Colfer's imagination took him to another level with this book. It's still my favorite by Colfer. To this day I still read for fun. The Supernaturalist is a book you won't want to return to your library without a fight.
MackenzieKM More than 1 year ago
The supernaturalist is a book for any reader. It has a bit of everything. Its full of adventure, tragedy, lessons,and suspense. This book is an amazing story of a boy, growing up with a rather unique family.His life is full of adventures and survival. A beginning that will grasp you in the first paragraph. Eoin has done it again; just like he did in Artemis Fowl. This is a book that is worth reading over,and over, and over.
I_read_books More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book, and I have to say that I absolutely LOVED IT! The plot was amazing, and not like anything I've ever seen before, the characters were funny and original, and actually acted like real people. And the writing was (as always, Mr. Colfer) wonderful. I highly recommend this book!
A-kid-who-got-an-A More than 1 year ago
Have you ever seen a creature that could absorb life force or even kill someone in a second? In the book, "The Supernaturalists" by Eoin Colfer is a great book that is fit for readers who love science-fiction. This greatly written book is about a boy named Cosmo who has interesting traits including his friends as well. These people/kids fight the dangers of their world which are parasites and greedy agents. This book is futuristic and exciting. This book also has a good ending which would make people think more. The excitements in this book are really the times where something dramatic happens such as when Cosmo the main character gets shocked and almost dies and this whole story amazingly takes place in one-years from know which also makes the book fun and interesting. Throughout the book, everything including the characters change a lot which is the main part of the ending as well. This book is also an inspiring one that can change how you live by effort or by even, by just your mind. I suggest this book to any reader in the world but mostly to people who think a lot and love science-fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all i would like to say that this is an amazing book. There r like no words to describe it. Anyways my question is does anyone know if there is going to be any other continuations of this book? And if there is what are the names? Thank u so much!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More Supernaturalist books, Eoin Colfer! This one was amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First Artemis Fowl and now another amazing book. Colfer never ceases to amaze me with the books he writes. In his books, they put you in an amazing world that is impossible to forget. I cannot wait until he writes another book. - Eoin Colfer's biggest fan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for people who don't want the 10 year back-story and just want action from the first page. If you like edge of your seat page turners, well then, this is the PERFECT book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luved this book. It was fast paced. Hated the end when ----- dies. Other than the book was nice. I luv artemis fowl so liked this book. Colfer is on my top three favorite author list. Ive read many books and its hard to choose which one goes on top. But after i read this book i knew colfer had to be at the top.=) Go Eoin Colfer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should read the graphic novel of this too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is wow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book for ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I miss Arty Fowl...... *sniffles*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and it has you hanging on to your seats Iwould recomend it to anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good, like all other eoin colfer books! Really, really good, must buy! Next reccomended book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book but Cosmo Hill is a little creepy.
sgmaxx More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed it
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katt1430 More than 1 year ago
Artemis Fowl lives on in this book through Cosmo Hill. Great story!