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The Call Paperback – July 25, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Set in Ireland, this fantasy horror novel introduces readers to a freaky reality: at any given time, on any given day, a teen's world will go black, and when her senses return, she realizes she is naked and alone. She has been Called to the Grey Land. Nessa, a 14-year-old girl living with the aftereffects of polio, and her best friend Megan attend Boyle Survival College to prepare themselves for their Call. At this boarding school, they learn about the fairy enemies (the Sidhe, based on traditional Irish folklore) and practice survival and defensive techniques. The students who have lived through the Call return disfigured and emotionally broken, but it is through their accounts that others can prepare for the torture they face. Nessa works her hardest so that her limited mobility does not become a deterrent to her survival. Amid a colorful cast of supporting characters—including Anto, her pacifist love interest, and Connor, the egotistical bully—the dangers facing Nessa aren't limited to just those that await her in the Grey Land. The third-person narrative allows readers to identify with each of the characters. The Irish vernacular and vivid descriptions place teens in the heart of the island. Horror fans will love the grotesque world of Sidhe, where monsters and animals are made from twisted human bodies and body parts. Nessa is a resourceful character, often inventing creative ways to survive the same obstacles as her peers in order to prepare herself for the Call. The novel's strengths are its strong imagery and diverse cast of characters, who represent different ethnicities and sexual identities. However, the denouement is too quick and underdeveloped. The language, sex, violence, and world of the Grey Land are more appropriate for mature fantasy fans. VERDICT For those craving a new Hunger Games-esque thriller.—Stephanie DeVincentis, Downers Grove North High School, IL --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
An NYPL Best Book for Teens
An iBooks 25 Best Books of August pick
"The creepy and absorbing hybrid mixes fantasy, horror, and folklore (aka it's PERFECT for Game of Thrones fans)." --Buzzfeed
"A must-read for anyone who's been sleeping too well at night." --Danielle Vega, author of The Merciless
"A story as sensitive and tender as it is horrific and bloodthirsty . . . . It is a ghastly beauty, this book." --Virginia Bergin, author of H2O
* "Intense, riveting . . . Blisteringly fast-paced." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Recalls such predecessors as The Hunger Games or Divergent . . . the book excels [ ] in its worldbuilding." --Kirkus Reviews
"This enthralling and inventive thriller is full of horror, mystery, action and stars an empowering, inspiring female protagonist." --RT Book Reviews
"For those craving a new Hunger Games-esque thriller." --School Library Journal
"This is brilliantly compelling adventure . . . Don't miss it." --The Bookseller (UK)
"Fresh and interesting and powerful. It's beautifully paced, remorseless and is peopled with characters you can believe in. I couldn't put it down." --The Bookbag (UK)
"I found this book starting to infect my dreams, so vividly and relentlessly rendered are its many nightmares." --Irish Independent
"Wildly imaginative . . . will appeal to Hunger Games fans, who'll eagerly await an undoubted sequel to this impressive debut." --Daily Mail (UK)
"O'Guilin has created a world worth a short, head-shattering visit." --Culture Hub Magazine (UK)
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I would consider it a must-have. Do yourself a favor and pick it up ASAP!
When I first heard of The Call I was intrigued by the premise. A sort of Hunger Games in Fairyland, with the vengeful Fae intent on culling Ireland's youth as retribution for their own banishment centuries past. So I snapped it up as soon as it came out, and I'm happy to say it exceeded all my expectations.
This is the story of Nessa, who like every other teenager in this bleak future vision of Ireland is training to survive the Call: the three minutes where a teenager is randomly snatched from their place in our world and transported to the land of the Fae to be hunted like a beast. When the three minutes are up, they reappear. Most are dead, many with horrific injuries. A lucky few survive, though often transformed and damaged beyond belief. Nessa knows her time is approaching. Can she survive the Call?
The Call is part school story, set at the training academy Nessa frequents, and part survival tale. It verges on horror, with the terrors inflicted by the Fae on their human prey, but is never too overtly awful. It shifts back and forth between our world and the Fae world in a masterful way, ramping up the tension until it reaches the explosive conclusion. My only recommendation? Clear your schedule, because you won't be able to put it down.
The Call, by Peadar Ó Guilín , is set in a unique future of Ireland—or what once was Ireland. Everyday children from as young as 10, fear the day they will get “the call” – a point in which they are sent the Grey Lands, where they must survive being hunted by the Sidhe for twenty-four hours. Some come back alive, some dead, and some come back… different.
The story focuses mainly on Nessa, a fourteen-year-old girl with twisted legs thanks to polio. While not immune to the taunts and whispers she receives about her disability, she trains hard and is determined to prove to everyone that she can not only survive The Call, but that she deserves to be there.
Many other characters get some page time as well: from minor characters, to major ones- who play a larger role later on in the novel.
The plot itself is unique and a very interesting read: although it does leave moments of guessing and wondering. The main antagonist – the Sidhes—were evil to their core, twistedly so, but were not utilized to their full potential. They were evil, clearly so, but their actions were never scraped passed the surface and though they had some decent page time, they were not fully developed. Hopefully more insight will be divulged in a later novel.
The romance, or lack of, is pushed aside, playing only a minor role. Ó Guilín focuses more on Nessa and her impending Call. Less romance than usual for a YA Novel, but the feelings between the characters are already somewhat established before the novel begins.
It is, in a sense, a scary novel—and slightly bloody. (Adolescents do die.) The story mainly focuses on fourteen year olds, but the way they acted and even spoke, seemed more appropriate for older teens. Thus the story is more appropriately suited for older readers.
The Call is a suspenseful creation of its own and is an easy, quick read. (Reaching barely over three hundred pages.)
Other than some quirks with how it was written this novel is a fast scary read. I feel slightly cheated out of the ending. All that build up.
I still love this book with its sad environment and hopeful characters
Maybe I have read too much George RR Martin or Joe Abercrombie, but I just don't get all the negative comments about the horror elements. I don't think they were over-done in any way. Most is IMO equivalent to when Kvothe deals with the "fake Ruh" in A Wise Man's Fear. Certainly it has nothing on the Expanse's Leviathan Wakes which I couldn't even get past the first chapter of. It's hard to believe that any reader of modern fantasy or sci fi could have an objection to the "horror" elements of this book.
I loved, loved, loved Nessa and the other characters were great too particularly Megan. Even the human "villains" were well rounded and you could understand their motivations. I never knew what was going to happen here. I heartily recommend this book and will be eagerly anticipating the sequel.