Review: The Call, by Peadar Ó Guilín


Author: Peadar Ó Guilín
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Release Date: 1st September 2016
Genre: Science-Fiction, Fantasy, YA
Pages: 334

3 minutes and 4 seconds. The length of time every teenager is ‘Called’, from the moment they vanish to the moment they reappear. 9 out of 10 children return dead. Even the survivors are changed. The nation must survive. Nessa, Megan and Anto are at a training school – to give them some chance to fight back. Their enemy is brutal and unforgiving. But Nessa is determined to come back alive. Determined to prove that her polio-twisted legs won’t get her killed. But her enemies don’t just live in the Grey Land. There are people closer to home who will go to any length to see her, and the nation, fail…

I picked up The Call to read because it was this month’s book for the book club I’m in. And, not going to lie, it didn’t really do much for me.

I’d heard many great things about it from two of my friends but I just felt very bored while sitting reading it. I had to force myself to finish it. The idea behind it was really unique and interesting, however. It was very original and it wasn’t like anything I’ve read before.

Also, the characters fell flat too, unfortunately. And that’s a real shame because the characters in a book are probably my favourite part of reading. I found they had the same bland voices and there was nothing particularly individualistic about them either.

Although the plot of the novel wasn’t that entrancing, Ó Guilín’s writing style was fantastic and some of his scenes, including the ones in the Grey Land and the gory scenes, were very well written!

3 stars out of 5 to this one.