Student Bodies

Student Bodies

by Sean Cummings


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ISBN-13: 9781908844224
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sean Cummings is a comic book geek, superhero junkie, zombie fan and a total nerd. (He's also a gold mine of completely useless information about films made prior to 1960. Don't get him started on "Arsenic and Old Lace" because he won't shut up about it. ) He's been writing since 1978 (as a means of liberating his "inner nerd").
His interests include science fiction, the borg, cats with extra toes, east Indian cuisine and quality sci-fi movies/television. When he's not collecting comic books or attending the latest science fiction convention, he can be found in his home office, writing away like a man possessed. The author lives in Saskatoon, Canada.

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CSNelson More than 1 year ago
STUDENT BODIES, Growing up at volume eleven After POLTERGEEKS, it was obvious that Julie Richardson’s career as a Shadowcull was only just beginning. So with Sean Cumming’s sequel, STUDENT BODIES, it was no surprise that he would step up the heat with Julie’s new role as a Special Ops spell blaster. What was shocking, however, was the high level of action and character development that came with this new story. Where POLTERGEEKS introduced the concept of modern teens discovering love and fighting supernatural forces on a high school campus, STUDENT BODIES takes us through the full spectrum of emotional growth while turning all of Calgary into a battlefield of monsters and magic. The story opens with an intense train station scene, and trust me, this isn’t Platform 9 ¾ of J.K. Rowlings’ Kings Cross Station. Mr Cummings pushes his supernatural creep factor to volume eleven and never lets up. And there are plenty of twists and turns along the way. From car chases to Native American spirit armies, the action is non-stop, vividly imagined, and raging up to the emotionally charged finale. Themes of bullying, diversity, and tolerance reflect very real issues that teenagers face daily and add value without coming across as preachy, as do the more personal issues of mother-daughter chemistry (glitter and nitro) and the sacrifices of love. On a side note, the magic systems themselves are intriguing in that they are derived from actual lore and belief, bound in principles that keep the supernatural from being an end-all answer to every dilemma. In other words, Julie can’t just “hexus” her way out of a broken heart. She has to work at it. The setting and voice are rendered in modern terms, replete with cellphone and Facebook details, though I did have a problem with the language. While it is very realistic— and toned down compared to the sweet things, teens actually say—I have a personal preference against F-word usage by a book’s protagonist. It’s the Catholic schoolgirl in me. Hey, don’t judge me. On another note and more importantly, there is an outstanding balance of narrative and dialogue, which keeps the story flowing along at a speed to match the action. Saving the best for last, what sold me on five-stars is without a doubt the character development. When I first heard Sean Cummings was writing a sequel, I had a little apprehension in regards to Julie. She came into the world with her kick ass attitude and a heart on fire, but would she sustain that in the next book? More importantly, would she grow? After I finished STUDENT BODIES, I went back and re-read the opening to POLTERGEEKS just to be sure. The answer is yes. Little Julie Richardson is definitely growing up with a vengeance. And not just Julie. Her boyfriend and mother also see major character growth across the course of the story. And after the emotionally-charged ending, I can’t wait for the next book! I definitely recommend STUDENT BODIES for the YA reader, and while it may not be as fulfilling to read it as a standalone novel, it is written strongly enough that it can be enjoyed without reading POLTERGEEKS first. But why would you do that? Just read both. HEXUS!