Hyperion, 2004 (2004)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
oin Colfer paints a bleak future in
. It all starts in Satellite City which has '
Everything the body wanted, and nothing the soul needed.
' The story's 14-year-old hero, Cosmo Hill, '
' and a '
', is relegated to a future orphanage that's worse than Dicken's darkest nightmare. Since the institute's specialty is '
', the average life expectancy of the guinea pig orphans is fifteen years. Cosmo is close to the wire and has to get out before he's tested to death.
uck is a big factor when he does finally escape, as is the help of the '
', young subversives with the ability to see '
'. These are '
blue creatures with electricity in their veins
' who are attracted to pain and injury. Stefan, Mona and Ditto (who is older and much more than he seems) save Cosmo once they discover he's also a '
'. Once recovered, Cosmo joins the others on death-defying missions to take out Parasites, whose numbers seem to be growing exponentially. Along the way, they come up against gangs, and SWAT teams of lawyers and paralegals - the latter are '
a three-way cross between lawyers, paratroopers and pit bulls
here's a big multinational, Myishi, with its own agenda and infinite resources. Turns out that the Myishi president of Developmental Projects, Ellen Faustino, is an old tutor of Stefan's and was a friend of his dead mother's. Ellie helps the Supernaturalists and assigns them a covert role in the Parasites' destruction. This leads to space adventure. It soon becomes clear that everything is not as it seems, and there's a betrayal around every thrilling corner. As the book ends we hear one of the gang say '
the Supernaturalists' work is far from over
' - good news since it means we can look forward to a sequel!
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