The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
Cosmo Hill is an orphan, whose parentage couldn't be identified so he belongs to the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. They rent boys out as test subjects for companies. Cosmo knows that if he stays, he will die. So he tries to escape only to find himself a part of a group who is trying to save the world from creatures that noone can see, creatures that are stealing people's lives.
I love the world that Eoin Colfer has created for this novel. The corporate takeover of so many aspects of the world speaks to a lot of the increasing amount of power which companies wield. I would almost classify this as a dystopian book although it's much more a world gone a little too far rather than a complete police state so I wouldn't put it in that category.
Cosmo Hill gets really lucky all throughout this book to the point of deus ex machina. I don't mind a character getting lucky a couple of times because special circumstances are better story fodder, but pulling out another hidden talent every time he got into a tight situation does not a good story make.
The ending was also a somewhat predictable. Thus, despite very much admiring the world that Colfer had created, I am a little disappointed in the overall story.
Star Rating: 3.0/5.0
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