“My name is Cosmo Hill, and this is the moment I’ve been waiting for all my life.”
Satellite City – “The city of the future” proclaim the billboards. But if you’re an orphan, like Cosmo Hill, you have no future. Sent to the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, Cosmo and the other inmates spread their days testing highly dangerous products. The average life span of an orphan in the Institute is fifteen years. Cosmo is fourteen.
Cosmo realizes that he must get away, and when his chance finally comes, he escapes to find himself in a city far stranger and more dangerous that he ever imagined.Buy on Amazon UK
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This graphic novel was a Junior Library Guild Selection
In this terrific example of an adaptation done right, the text has been pared down to dialogue and a minimum of exposition, leaving the art to describe the setting and action by using clearly laid-out panels and clever two-page spreads. The resulting story moves quickly and tension builds as the plot advances. Don’t be surprised if readers come looking for more, as the ending teases with the possibility of a sequel. – BOOKLIST – the review journal of the American Library Association
The Supernaturalist the graphic novel is published by Hyperion in the USA and by Puffin in the UK.