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The Supernaturalist

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

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The teens steal to survive.


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

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTending Bloom April 9, 2008

None stop action...

This is a very fast paced book with alot of twists and turns. I enjoyed it but I'm not sure kids under 15 would. It delves into corporate mistrust and s... Continue reading
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.
Teen, 13 years old Written byHermit April 9, 2008

A Must Read

Whether your a preteen or teen, it doesn't matter. The Supernaturalist is a very good book. Plot twists, a bit of mystery, a little bit of teen love = one... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byburnshot April 9, 2008

Good Book!

Good work writing this book I loved it!

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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