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?
The Call is set in an Ireland that is under attack by the Sidhe. A dystopian twist on modern life, in which every teenager will disappear for three minutes and four seconds, in order to be trapped, to spend 24 hours in the grey land, the place where the Sidhe have been trapped for so long. It is nightmarish, grusome and excellently done. Not only is the main character, Nessa, pretty kick ass, she does so having suffered from Polio as a child, leaving her with weak legs. The stories of what happens to the children while in the grey lang are pretty horrific, especially to the one in ten who survive – and that’s what sticks with me, writing this review a year after I originally read the book. The story does a great job of showing how kids can live with this horror, and the thriller element of what will happen next worked well for me.
I am pretty eagerly awaiting the sequel to this book!