The Call by Paedar O’Guillin | 1 Minute Reviews

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin is easily the scariest book I’ve ever read and boy was it good!!


In Ireland, war against the mystical Sídhe has left its mark, as children are taken to their world for 3 mins and 4 seconds – their Call. In the “Grey Land” they run for a day, fleeing pursuit of the Sídhe and torture.

Nessa, like all other young people in Ireland, has trained all her life for her Call and she’s not going to let anything stop her – not her Polio damaged legs, not Connor and his army of bullies, and certainly not the Sídhe themselves.

Nessa is such a fantastic protagonist, and O’Guillin balances the fear of the Sídhe with the very real stigma that disabled people face. This is a fantastic coming of age story, with a brilliant disabled protagonist.

This book has quite rightly made the YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist!

Interested? Get it here.

What to read next:

  • As I Descended by Robin Talley
  • The Graces by Laure Eve
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

So so glad that David Fickling Books gave me a copy and they and Daren Stobbart hassled me into reading it because it was so brilliant!

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