Title: The Call
Series: The Call
Author: Peadar Ó Guilín
Pub Date: 2016
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.
Could you survive the Call?
This book got my heart pumping, I was so invested in the story I couldn’t put it down! The story is fascinating, gruesome and full of horror and intrigue. It makes your imagination flow in directions you wouldn’t think of, and you will be scared and horrified by the images the book puts into your mind.
The Call takes place in a dystopian version of Ireland, where teenagers one by one are taken by Sídhe to their world, where they have to endure a whole day (faerie time, three minutes in human time) running away, fighting and being tortured. If they survive, they come back, if they don’t survive… only their remains come back. In this world, it’s extremely hard for teenagers to survive, so only the fittest and strongest stand a chance. In order for the nation to survive, teenagers attend survival schools where they train for the day when their call comes. What is a chance of survival for a girl who has trouble walking because of contracting polio? Slim, but Nessa, the main character, is determined to do whatever she can to survive.
The story in The Call is well-developed and amazing. It’s the story, not the characters that are making this book such a great read. The sole purpose of the teens in the book is the survival, and we don’t get to see much more than that, and that’s understandable. In case of such a wild story, I really don’t care about the character developments that much. The Call is a story of survival and hope placed among some of the most gruesome descriptions of harm and torture. Be prepared for a crazy story!