The Supernaturalist is a griptastic book that was so much fun to read. It is a futuristic story about an orphan boy named Cosmo Hill, who has lived at a terrible orphanage all his life, until a near-death experience results in him meeting a group that calls themselves “The Supernaturalists.” They can see supernatural beings that are invisible to almost everyone else. The “supernatural beings” are little blue parasites that feed off the life source of people. The Supernaturalists’ job is to rid the world of as many parasites as possible, with high-tech equipment and weapons. Cosmo can see the Parasites also, and so the group takes him in. Cosmo likes his new family, and life with the Supernaturalists is relatively simple and calm. Until something awful happens. The Supernaturalists’ whole world is changed when they learn something about the Parasites they never knew before. And then, right when they think they have that problem figured out, they are faced with a new dilemma. As a result, The Supernaturalist was a roller coaster with many twists and turns. There was just enough action to have me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and the pace was not too fast but also not too slow. The author, Eoin Colfer, wrote the book in such a way that I felt as if I was really there along with the Supernaturalists. If there was anything I didn’t like about the book, it would be that the overall plot of the story seemed a bit unnecessary when I look back on it. While I was reading it, the plot seemed perfectly fine and reasonable, but the problem of the story could really just have been avoided in the first place (it is hard to go into more detail about that, since it would ruin a part of the story for people that haven’t read it). There also is a little bit of violence in the book, but not too much. Other than that, The Supernaturalist is a book that kids 10-14 should all have on their reading lists.

(Well, you should have this book and the sequel, since the end of the first book is such a cliff-hanger).

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