The Supernaturalist

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Matinee action/violence in a slick, fun package.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

The teens steal to survive.

Violence

Lots: shootouts, chases, explosions, forced medical experiments, the death of a major character.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer is mentioned.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this book's author has few intellectual aspirations, he does raise issues of human and animal testing, corporate control of society, and video-game assumptions leading to shooting before asking questions. Also, in a book where plot twists are telegraphed, making predictions can be fun.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1 and 3-year-old Written byBug M. May 25, 2017

Quit okay

It only had violence. The plot was great but not too interesting,like a movie that you went to see then forgot all about the plot the next day
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byBookworm7842 November 28, 2009

Good for Everyone! (Almost)

I think this book has a very deep meaning and is hard to get out of.
Kid, 11 years old February 20, 2020

An unforgettable experience from Eoin Colfer!!!

I really love all of Eoin Colfer's books and this was definitely no exception. The book starts out with an orphan called Cosmo Hill who escapes and meets a... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 29, 2018

Not Bad!

I read it a few months ago and I think its pretty good. Theres lots of action and obviously, a twist.

What's the story?

In corporation-run Satellite City, orphans are used for dangerous product testing. 14-year-old Cosmo manages to escape from the orphanage, nearly getting killed in the process, and finds that he has the ability to see invisible blue creatures that are attracted to accidents and violence, and seem to suck the life out of injured people. He teams up with Stefan, Mona, and Ditto, who have the same ability, and spend their nights seeking out and shooting the Parasites.

But nothing is as it appears. Stefan has a relationship with the corporation that runs the city and is chasing them, Ditto may not be leveling with them about his own motives, Mona is close to a local street gang, and the Parasites, and their deaths, may not be what they appear.

Is it any good?

Colfer displays all his trademarks here: nonstop action, gritty violence, an edgy sensibility written in clichhd B-movie style, gadgets, plot twists, and black humor. It's a potent combination, as Ian Fleming discovered, and has made Colfer one of the most popular children's authors today, especially with tween boys and reluctant readers.

Alert young readers will see the plot twists coming a long way off, but they'll still enjoy the action and the gadgets. The ending hints so broadly at a sequel that it raises a cynical chuckle. But why not? If it's good enough for Bond ...

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of humor and violence in the story line. Do you like the black humor used here? Do you think the level of violence is appropriate to the story line, or is it over the top?

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