Fourteen year old Cosmo is
a no sponsor living in Satellite City. Life for a no sponsor is no
picnic. Cosmo is a resident of on orphanage that uses the children
as guinea pigs for food and drug testing. The life expectancy of
a no sponsor is 15 years and Cosmo knows his time is just about up.
But a malfunction in the satellite feed that runs just about everything
in the city allows Cosmo a chance to escape. Unfortunately, the escape
leaves him seriously injured. As he lies dying, a small blue creature
lands on his chest and begins to feed. Desperately fighting the creature,
Cosmo knows he is a goner. But then he meets one of the supernaturalists
-- a ragtag group of young people who have dedicated themselves to destroying
the Parasites that suck energy from injuried people. When Cosmo joins
the group, he learns about the mysterious creatures that only a few can
even see. Are the creatures what they seem to be? And why is
the Myishi Corp so interested in them?
Imagine a not-so-distant future
where corporations own cities. You could live in Nike Town, shop in Fruit
Loopville, and party in Nintendo Park. But corporations expect to make
money. So each city has to find a way to earn a profit. Satellite City
has found a way make up the money they spend each day on housing “the parentally
challenged.” Orphans can test all the latest products before real consumers
buy them. So what if the products are dangerous? If a kid without family
dies before he is 15, who’s gonna miss him?
Cosmo Hill is 14 and fed up.
He knows if he’s going to survive he’s got to get away from the Clarissa
Frayne Institute for the Parentally Challenged. A freak accident and a
crazy marshal offer Cosmo a chance of escape, only to leave him near death
on a rooftop.
Does an angel appear in Cosmo's
final moments? No such luck: A strange blue parasite just landed on his
chest. The pain and energy are being sucked away. It's killing him.
But wait, who are those three
kids? And why are they carrying weapons? Cosmo is about to be saved by
a renegade hunters called The Supernaturalists.
If you want non-stop action,
lots of laughs, believable characters, and a solid mystery, check out Eoin
Colfer’s science-fiction hit, The Supernaturalist.
Booktalk by Sarah Evans, Sno-Isle
Library System Washington
Evergreen Young Adult Book Award nominee, 2006-2007