Satellite City, a vast twenty-five million people plus satellite-controlled metropolis in the third millennium, is home to Cosmo Hill. This 14-year-old orphan, a “no sponsor”, inhabits—or rather “survives” in—an orphanage called the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. There are only three ways out of such a miserable establishment: adoption, death or escape. The average life expectancy is 15 years. Cosmo has a year left. At best. When his chance comes to escape during a transportation crash, Cosmo grabs it and flees into the unknown city. But he is tracked by a zealous guard and falls from a tall building. Accidentally, of course. As Cosmo’s life force ebbs away, apparently sucked out by a strange blue parasite, he is rescued by a motley crew of kids. They’re on a mission, and Cosmo is drafted in to help them. It’s a whole new dangerous beginning… Colfer has carved out a funky little genre all on his own: he writes exciting adventures that are funny and futuristic, page-turning and realistic. They’re not fantasy, but his books are fantastical. They’ve got a bit of magic about them, without being overtly magical in the Harry Potter sense. Artemis Fowl has been described as “Die Hard with fairies”. The Supernaturalist is heralded as The Matrix meets Ghostbusters. Colfer has a golden touch at the moment and this is another priceless nugget.
This story is for anyone who enjoys the wilder side of technology and is Eoin Colfer’s best book yet.