The Circle: The Engelsfors Trilogy--Book 1

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On a night after the apparent suicide of high school student Elias Malmgren, a blood-red moon fills the night sky. Minoo wakes up outside her house, still in her pajamas, and is drawn by an invisible force to an abandoned theme park on the outskirts of town. Soon five of her classmates—Vanessa, Linnéa, Anna-Karin, Rebecka, and Ida—arrive, compelled by the same force. A mystical being takes over Ida’s body and tells them they are fated to fight an ancient evil that is hunting them. As the weeks pass, each girl ...

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Overview

On a night after the apparent suicide of high school student Elias Malmgren, a blood-red moon fills the night sky. Minoo wakes up outside her house, still in her pajamas, and is drawn by an invisible force to an abandoned theme park on the outskirts of town. Soon five of her classmates—Vanessa, Linnéa, Anna-Karin, Rebecka, and Ida—arrive, compelled by the same force. A mystical being takes over Ida’s body and tells them they are fated to fight an ancient evil that is hunting them. As the weeks pass, each girl discovers she has a unique magical ability. They begin exploring their powers. The six are wildly different and definitely not friends . . . but they are the Chosen Ones.

In this gripping first installment of The Engelsfors Trilogy, a parallel world emerges in which teenage dreams, insanely annoying parents, bullying, revenge, and love collide with dangerous forces and ancient magic. An international sensation with rights sold in 26 countries, The Circle is razor-sharp and remarkable from start to finish.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First published in 2011, this first book in the Engelsfors trilogy follows a group of Swedish teenagers as they awaken to the supernatural horrors around them. The opening sequence draws readers into sympathy with a troubled boy named Elias, who’s desperate to connect with his best friend, Linnéa. Instead, a voice in his head drives him to graphically depicted suicide. After that, it’s somewhat difficult to commit to the many other characters, mostly female classmates of Elias, whose anomie and everyday bleakness occupy the next hundred pages. Minoo, Vanessa, Linnéa, Anna-Karin, Rebecka, and Ida have 10th grade in common, but little else. There is a point to this slice-of-life approach, but for readers drawn by the promise of magic and fate, that point may feel like a long time coming. Reluctantly bonding over the discovery that they are “Chosen Ones,” gifted with strange powers, and developing a shared conviction that Elias’s death wasn’t suicide, the girls gradually begin to act. Breathless page-turner this is not: the narrative is defined by its angst, and for readers who share it, this book will feel special. Ages 14–up. (May)
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"The six protagonists are dynamic heroines with dark motivations, conflicting desires, and plenty of secrets. When the demons finally threaten to kill off the girls one by one, tension climbs sharply toward a suspenseful conclusion, leaving fans eager for the next book in the series." —The Horn Book

Praise for The Circle:

"What a stunning novel. Raw, real, smart, very thrilling and very, very wicked. The Circle is Twilight by way of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." —Lev Grossman, bestselling author of The Magicians
 

"The Circle is a story about group dynamics, identity, and finding one’s place in the world. Like all great books, it’s about how people handle the difficult task of becoming human beings, together with other human beings." —John Ajvide Lindqvist, bestselling author of Let the Right One In
 

The Circle ensnares you from the start, with all the epic mayhem and darkness of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and with teen characters as rich and nuanced as any reader could hope for. It’s an utterly convincing world, and a resonant one, and we find ourselves wanting to follow its heroes anywhere.” —Megan Abbott, bestselling author of Dare Me and The End of Everything
 

“A beautiful, frightening, empowering novel reminiscent of the best of Scott Westerfeld or Anne Rice, The Circle puts its mismatched heroines—and readers—at the center of an ancient conspiracy of magic as terrifying as it is realistic. Enthralling from start to finish.” —Elizabeth Hand, bestselling author of Available Dark and Walking the Moon
 

“Rightly destined to be the next cult read.” —The Telegraph
 

“[The Circle] reads like the The Demon Headmaster set in a Swedish Twin Peaks with a nod to Stieg Larsson. —The Observer

"The Scandinavian setting provides a chilly atmosphere to an otherwise dark story of struggling teens and a rash of suicides, but the multilayered, cinematic plot is buoyed by the girls’ determination, as well as the understated and idiosyncratic presence of magic." —Booklist

Summer 2013 Kids' Indie Next List—"Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"

 

School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—This Swedish import tells the story of seven 10th graders who find themselves developing mysterious supernatural powers. After Linnéa and Minoo find their classmate Elias Malmgren dead in an unused bathroom from an apparent suicide, the girls are horrified. Just as they are coming to terms with his death, they and four other girls are drawn in by a mysterious force to an abandoned amusement park near their town. Once there, they discover that they are fated to fight an ancient evil, but they are given no other instructions or guidelines. When one of them also ends up dead, the remaining five must figure out how to use their suddenly developing powers to stop any further deaths. This meandering, overly long story drags. The authors seem to throw nearly every scenario from an afterschool special at the plot-teenage drinking, a student/teacher affair, alcoholic parents, etc.-in an attempt to make the girls' lives seem ordinary, but the effect is overwhelming. The girls are given what appears to be a guide into their new roles as witches in the form of their principal, but it quickly becomes apparent that she will not be able to give them all the help they need, so they, and readers, are quickly left frustrated and lost. With too much unnecessary detail, the real plot gets lost and many readers might give up before the conclusion.—Necia Blundy, formerly at Marlborough Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Coming into witchy powers and learning to use them responsibly is complicated by intense teen Sturm und Drang in this doorstopper import. Heralded by bodiless demons, major evil is poised to break through to this world in the small Swedish town of Engelsfors. Seven high schoolers have been Chosen to fight this evil--which they discover after most are compelled by a never-explained force to meet in an abandoned amusement park--and later develop powers such as the ability to become invisible or to control minds. Their various paths to final, uneasy alliance are embedded in a thoroughly developed, exceptionally complex web of family issues, emotional and sexual entanglements, rivalries, hatreds, inner battles, risky personal choices and conflicting impulses that enrich the story but also make the suspenseful climactic battle with a dangerous adversary seem long in coming. Furthermore, along with killing off some of the Chosen (after they become point-of-view characters too, a knavish trick to pull on readers), the authors lazily trot in a succession of adult witches to explain matters to the survivors. They also dispel rather than intensify the atmosphere of creeping horror by turning much of the potion- and magic-making into clumsy attempts at comic relief. Muddled but ambitious, with much to please fans of character-driven fantasy; here's hoping the next two volumes proceed more smoothly. (Fantasy/horror. 13-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468306583
  • Publisher: Overlook
  • Publication date: 5/2/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 704,471
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara B. Elfgren began her career in the film industry as a screenwriter. As a script doctor, she has been involved in several Swedish film and television productions. She has a degree in Film Studies. The Circle is her debut novel.

Mats Strandberg is an award-winning novelist and journalist. He is a regular columnist for Sweden’s biggest evening newspaper, has been named Columnist of the Year by Sweden’s Newspapers and Magazines organization, and has published three previous novels, with rights sold in numerous countries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Entertaining and Wellwritten

    Dont want to drop spoilers, but the way it focuses on society, education, and how teenage minds think, will leave everyone breathless and relating to at least one character. It is realistic, but with a hint of paranormal that is just enough. I highly recommend it, one of my favorites. If you are interested, I also really liked the Thirst series by Christopher Pike and the Nevermore trilogy by Kelly Creagh. Im goth and I really liked them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

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    When I first got this book and I all I can think of was,¿ Wow du

    When I first got this book and I all I can think of was,” Wow dude! This book is HUGE!” It took me two-three days to read. Not because it was big but because I had a hard time getting into characters and the plot.

    Plot: This plot is about several different characters being called by a council and coming into their powers. My problem with this plot is that it has SOOO much going. There is not one chance for the reader to be relaxed in one character cause once you get settle in, the plot moves again. The plot also moves very slowly when it comes to their powers and why they have them. It’s like one minute they show powers and the next the plot moves again. For me, I got annoyed by this. I wanted to explore more instead of once again moving to another character.

    Characters: There are several different characters that this story tells. I can’t name them all but I’m sure there are more than 6 characters that the reader is jumping between. And to be honest, I did not like this. There are a lot of story lines, a lot of minor characters to know. This is the one main reason why I read this book so slow. There is a lot to know and well if your not paying attention you can miss out on stuff.

    Ending: The book ends with nothing really much explain. Instead the reader is left with lots of questions. There were only about two characters that I really latched onto and wanted to know.

    This is an okay book. Be sure that if you decided to pick up this book that you dedicate time to it cause it will make you think. You have to read it slowly and take in each character carefully. If you think that your going to read it and fly right through it then you will only be left confused. Overall, it’s good. I think if the authors slow down the story and explored other storylines instead of creating others, I might have enjoyed it more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    I absolutely fell in love with book! The plot is well written an

    I absolutely fell in love with book! The plot is well written and the beggining of the book was a wonderful kind of eerie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Out of this world, you will not be able to put this book down, i

    Out of this world, you will not be able to put this book down, it has many twists and surprises, I highly recommend this book, it will read well with anyone 15 and up.

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    Posted July 25, 2013

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