The Call

The Call

by Peadar O'Guilin


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You have three minutes to save your life . . .

"A must-read for anyone who's been sleeping too well at night." --Danielle Vega, author of The Merciless

"Creepy and absorbing . . . PERFECT for Game of Thrones fans." --Buzzfeed


You wake up alone in a horrible land. A horn sounds. The Call has begun.


The Sidhe are close. They're the most beautiful and terrible people you've ever seen. And they've seen you.


Nessa will be Called soon. No one thinks she has any chance to survive. But she's determined to prove them wrong.


Could you survive the Call?

A genre-changing blend of fantasy, horror, and folkore, The Call won't ever leave your mind from the moment you choose to answer it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338160703
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 147,966
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Peadar O'Guilin grew up in beautiful Donegal in the far northwest of Ireland. These days, he lives in Dublin, where he toils day and night for a giant corporation. You can find him on Twitter by following @TheCallYA.

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From The Call:

"We've had a Call," Nessa cries. "Driver! You have to reverse! Reverse!"

"Two-forty-five," Megan says, watching the murderous second hand. "It's three minutes now!"

That's when the boy returns. Strictly speaking, the famous "Three Minutes" are three minutes and four seconds. Everyone knows this, because many Calls were caught on security cameras in the first terrible year.

The boy's body reappears and thumps down hard onto the floor. Nessa is relieved to see that it's not one of the really awful ones. There's nothing to churn the stomach here, other than a little blood and a set of tiny antlers growing from the back of his head.

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The Call 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read as an advanced reader and I'm glad I did. Fans of Stephen King or Michael Grant's Gone Series will not want to pass this up. Engrossing characters and tangible settings. The monsters are convincing.
SheilaDeeth 8 months ago
In an Ireland cut off from the rest of the world, in a world where adults grow old but children disappear, in a school where teens try to prepare for a call that “changes” or kills them all as they grow up… in a book called The Call by Peadar O’Guilin, smooth sharp writing, absorbing characters, scary action sequences and haunting mysteries quickly draw the reader in. Not quite apocalyptic fiction, nor dystopian; not quite teen magic and power; not Harry Potter or Hunger Games but perhaps an enthralling combination of both… this is the story of a group of teens awaiting their call, learning to run and fight and, hopefully, survive, and forming bonds that time will surely break. In the midst of it all is a character with a physical disability. She surely can’t run and won't survive… but she can climb, use tools, think and imagine, and dream of love. Seen through her eyes, this world is a cruel place, but giving up—on life, on friendship, on hope—is surely not the right path. So she seeks something more… Gruesome, haunting, terrifying, and impossible to put down, the Call pulls you in, chews you up and spits you out. It’s a complete tale in itself, with backstory slowly revealed, and so much more to ponder. It’s seriously dark, and its protagonist is seriously human and humanly flawed. And I love it. Disclosure: My son got it for Christmas and I love it
Courtney_Elena More than 1 year ago
Original review at: Brutal, Gory, and Amazing! I absolutely loved this story! It is a perfect read for those looking for a deliciously twisted and chilling book. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone looking for a unique take on Fae or who are fans of Irish Folklore or Folklore in general. I knew very little going into this story. I had been on the search for a good Halloween read, and decided to rent the audiobook with little more than a recommendation. I honestly wasn't really sure what to expect, but MAN was this story one in a million. Everything about this story was so unique and so well crafted, I was completely blown away. All of the Fae stories have read and been romanticized, that is not the case for this story. The Sidhe (Fae of Irish Folklore) are vicious, brutal, and beyond twisted. They kill and maim for fun, and create the most grotesque of creatures. They were such a unique form of villain; I loved every minute of it. This story was mostly told from the point of view of the protagonist Nessa, but has random chapters told from those who have been called. For me, it was these chapters, that really set the book apart from anything else I have read. I became attached to many of the characters and loathed others, having the Calls dispersed through the book, and reading from the called individual's perspective being able to read their thoughts, emotions, and experiences, made this story go from a good one to an amazing one. There is just something about knowing that each of the characters could be called at any point in the book and that they may not survive kept me on the edge of my seat and completely enticed in the story. Then there was the Call itself. The Grayland is so gruesome and terrifying, I was amazed by the author's ability to describe the twisted world and actions of the Sidhe. O'Guilin was so vivid in his description of the landscape, creatures, and Sidhe living in the Grayland that, for me as a reader, it often felt more like a movie than a book. I found it so easy to visualize the gloom and horror of the Grayland. As, for characters, I have never wanted a particular character to die more than I did in this book. I absolutely hated Connor. I didn't just want him to die; I NEEDED him to die, preferably in a method that was slow and painful. It was clear from the first time he is introduced that he is arrogant, cruel, and worst of all, Self-Righteous. I hated when I had to listen to a chapter from his point of view because he made me so angry. In his mind, he is valid in his actions, which only served to anger me more. While, I, passionately hated some of the characters I did really enjoy others. Namely Nessa and Megan. These two were such a pair. Megan was the perfect amount of sass and comic relief. She was so crass and a little rude, but she was also such a loyal and true friend. Her gruff demeanor and sharp tongue made for some of the most interesting dialogs. The book would have been incomplete without her. Then there was Nessa, I couldn't get enough of her character. Everyone dismissed her and just assumed that she would die, and yet she didn't let it get her down. She wanted to live and didn't stop fighting to survive. She was so fierce and so strong, and she was so resourceful. She never let her disability slow her down. She, as most people with disabilities do, always found ways to adapt. She was probably one of my favorite protagonist's perspectives to read from.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
It has been 25 years since the Sídhe, species of tall, beautiful magical beings with the ability to survive in the harshest conditions and mold human flesh into any shape, began terrorizing Ireland. As revenge for being banished from Ireland thousands of years ago, the Sídhe have cut off modern day Ireland from the rest of the world. No one inside the country can leave, and to the other countries it looks like Ireland has disappeared altogether. Planes fall from the sky and boats run aground with no one left inside. Those inside the country face a serious threat to their survival at the hands of the Sídhe. The Sídhe kidnap all Irish children by age eighteen and take them to the Grey Land, a hellish landscape blemished by lakes of fire, lightning, and fiery rain. When the children are taken to the Grey Land, they must survive for twenty-four hours in order to make it back safely. Nessa, a fifteen year old girl with polio, is considered weak and not expected to survive her Call. However, Nessa is fiercely determined to prove her strength and survive. Along the way, some of her friends are killed, and some survive. Read the book to see how Nessa does! Although this book is serious in nature, there is comic relief provided by Nessa’s best friend Megan, and the romantic side of Nessa is showed through her affection for a boy named Anto. I felt most of this book was extremely well-written. The rising action creates much anticipation for Nessa’s Call. The reason I gave it only three stars was because I felt like there was too much build-up to Nessa’s Call. Because of language, gore, and some sexual scenes, I would recommend this book to high school students or older, or possibly mature middle school students. Alex F.,15, Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time keeping focused on this novel. I liked the concept of the story and I enjoyed some of the characters but it seemed that the novel didn’t flow right for me. I did finish reading it, as I wanted to know what happened in the end. The story takes place in Ireland and it centers on the concept that not many children will live to experience their teen years. Most children will be suddenly whisked away by the Sidhe and perish. These vanishing have been occurring for a few years now and somehow, more children seem to be returning after their Call (from the Sidhe) but they are not the same child they were when they left. Who the Sidhe is, what he does with the children and why he takes them was plaguing my mind as I read. Concerned about the population, the government setup special schools that the children attend so they can be taught how to survive and how to defend themselves. Nessa is one such teen who is determined to stay alive and avoid the Sidhe. Her determination is felt as she tries to piece together the clues so she can understand the Sidhe to save herself and her friends. I liked the mystery of these occurrences and as parts of the Sidhe’s behavior and actions came to life, I was more intrigued by these strange events. Children vanishing leaving behind piles of discarded clothing where they once were, the children who started to suddenly reappear after receiving their Call and the changes that had occurred and the schooling that the children received, all odd activities that felt needed to be addressed.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
This book surprised me with how much I liked it. I bought it on audible a while ago, and just hadn't gotten to it. My daughter told me I had to read it, because it was creepy. I LOVE creepy, so I immediately started listening to this book. Could you imagine having a conversation with your best friend, or any one for that matter, and then mid conversation they disappear? Then just a few minutes later they either show up maimed or dead. Me either. There is a time limit on how long you have to save your own life. Schools are set up to teach you survival skills, but when you "Call" comes, do you have what it takes to survive? This story takes fighting for your life to a whole new level. It's awesome. I cannot say much about the book without giving it away, so I will just say that is book is creepy, and awesome. The narrator is awesome, and has a fabulous accent. The world is creepy, yet draws you in right away. I love how the author kept me on my toes about what was going to happen. I did not expect the ending, but it was wonderful. I expected something, but not what happened. It's messed up on so many levels. Which of course makes me love it even more!
19269684 More than 1 year ago
This story diminishes the sweet fairy tales of fae. It gives an imaginative telling of the real Sidhe, and how they manipulate oaths, bargains and truths, to suit their wanting and not that of the mere humans. Now because I listened to this novel, instead of reading it, I had a bit of trouble understanding every single happening. Not from lack of description, but because the wonderful narrator, Amy Shiels, and her beautiful accent. Also, phrasing and such were difficult to pick up on. BUT THIS DIDN'T BOTHER ME! I love accents and dialects. Peader Ó Guilín, the author, is a spectacular storyteller. Thought there were times I felt things happened a bit off (which could come from cultural differences), I still felt at home with the read. Not one time did I ever feel bored with the tale, and the action of each called student was fascinating. Below is a video of Ó Guilín reading chapter one. Take a listen- then grab the book. I'm sure you'll enjoy it! For the full review, please follow this link: The Call Peader Ó Guilín Scholastic Inc. August 30, 2016
Reddjena More than 1 year ago
Here’s a book that I wouldn’t have known about if I hadn’t attended BEA16. I had wondered over to the Scholastic booth to inquire about The Sleeping Prince, and the lady I spoke with suggested I might like to try The Call, and I’m glad I did. (I really wish I had gotten her card, so I could thank her properly!) At the time, I had recently finished reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, and when she was describing the “evil” Sidhe fae, I was reminded of how Maas’ fae also returned to the original tales, where the fae were petty and cruel. No Tinker Bell’s here! If I had any complaints, it would be that the descriptions of what the fae did to their hunt victims was just a bit too graphic. However, these go a long way to show the reader how horrible everything is instead of just telling us. The author did a great job showing instead of telling throughout the whole book, actually. It was incredible engrossing, if disgustingly creative, and I finished the whole book in two sittings. I enjoyed the fact that the main character had a physical disability, but that she was also able to hold on to hope through sheer determination and willpower. It felt believable in an otherwise hopeless scenario. I also enjoyed the world building. There was so much going on with the survival schools, the students, the realm the fae live in, and it worked well together to create a fantastic whole. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I did want to talk about it a little bit. I think the author successfully puts forth a question within a larger narrative, and this book answers that question while still leaving the larger narrative lots of room to grow and expand upon the many, multiple other questions that are raised by the answering of the original question. (This statement will make far more sense once you’ve read the book!) I have already started alerting friends to watch out for this book, and one friend has already borrowed my copy. This book may not be for everyone, but anyone who has an interest in the original fae stories, horror, dark fantasy, or thrillers is bound to love The Call.
sheltisebastian More than 1 year ago
Scary and fun! I really enjoyed it. And no I won't be looking under my bed lol!
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Slow paced in my opinion, with flat characters and a one-dimensional plot. I felt myself growing very bored the further I read. Disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book! The calling has all the qualities I need for an excellent read. Excited to read the next book written by this author.
LWReyes More than 1 year ago
Highly unique plot concept. Loved that it's set in a future Ireland. I'd call this a YA horror novel. Completely sucked me in!
Zoey_River More than 1 year ago
If I had to describe The Call in a few words, I would say this book is somewhat of a cross between the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. It has that same fast paced and addictive feeling as Fever (and the gruesome faeries. Don't forget the gruesome faeries) and the darkness of Nevernight (if you read Nevernight - or even heard of Nevernight - you know what I mean). Darn, if I didn't love this book. It was all the way in for me from the very first line, and I couldn't let it go until the very last one. But just like I did with Nevernight, I have to warn you this book is dark. And I do mean dark-dark. At times, I found it to be even more twisted than Nevernight (but that's a matter of opinion now). Despite the fact this book follows a very YA protagonist (she's only 14), this world Peadar O' Guilin has created is not a world where children can be allowed to be children anymore. This book is brutal. Don't expect otherwise. Fully expect to see teenagers - kids, really - die gruesome deaths from their own POV. And yet... as dark as this book was, it was also beautiful and hopeful and strong. It delivered strong feelings, strong message and a strong protagonist. Everything about this book was memorable. What is The Call actually about? Imagine an Ireland that was sealed away from the rest of the world. Now imagine faeries announcing their existence. And then... children start disappearing, one by one. They're snatched into the faery land and must survive the faeries brutal game of hunt before whatever remains of them... dead, alive, or something in between, goes back to the real world. No one ever knows where or when they'll be called. It can be anywhere, anytime, anyplace. All between the ages of 12-17. The only thing certain is that you will be called before you'll live to see another birthday. In that kind of world, brutal and deprived of all innocence, Nessa - our protagonist - is "doomed" before she even had a chance to fight. Because Nessa's legs aren't working quite right. She can walk, but being ravaged by polio as a child, and without the proper medicine to help her, Nessa's legs are crippled. How can she run from the faeries... when she can't even outrun her classmates? But Nessa is an oh-so-strong protagonist and she refuses to give up. Despite what everyone thinks, despite the obvious facts that she has no chance to survive on feary land, Nessa keeps fighting. *For the rest of the review (with spoilers), please check out my blog at*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I haven't enjoyed a YA novel this much since The Hunger Games.