The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín

The Call

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 scentand the hunt has already begun.Could you survive the Call?

Details The Call

TitleThe Call
Release DateAug 30th, 2016
PublisherScholastic Inc.
GenreScience Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Paranormal

Reviews The Call

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    This book was so much better than I was expecting it to be! Mind you, I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style, but it didn't really affect my overall enjoyment of the story. This book is gruesome & horrific. At times I had to set the book down, because of how twisted it was getting, but then I'd pick it right back up, because I had to know what was going to happen! This is the perfect read if you're looking for a unique horror story! FULL VIDEO ...
  • Kat O'Keeffe
    I loved this! It was dark and fascinating and completely gripping. Like a nightmare and an adrenaline rush all at once!More of my thoughts in this video -
  • Christine Riccio
    I REALLY REALLY ENJOYED THIS. CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 2. Here's my full booktalk:
  • Lori
    A fairy tale. One where the Fae play with people like Sid Phillips plays with toys. Well, as harmful and destructive, but they seem more alien. (Sid is Andy's sociopath neighbor in Toy Story if you're not up to speed on children's movies.) Along the lines of:As flies to wanton boys are we to the' gods,They kill us for their sport.—King Lear Act 4, scene 1, 32–37, William ShakespeareIt's a genre blend of fantasy, horror, and folklore. A contem...
  • Jilly
    Wow!! I flew through this book. It was unputdownable!Imagine the Hunger Games, but instead of only one group of kids a year having to go, every single teen has to go at one point. And, instead of fighting each other to the death, there are ugly, twisted, vicious monsters chasing you down to torture and kill you. You only have to survive the day, but only 1 in 10 makes it out alive. And, even then they are not without emotional and physical scars....
  • Lori
    A fairy tale. One where the Fae play with people like Sid Phillips plays with toys. Well, as harmful and destructive, but they seem more alien. (Sid is Andy's sociopath neighbor in Toy Story if you're not up to speed on children's movies.) Along the lines of:As flies to wanton boys are we to the' gods,They kill us for their sport.—King Lear Act 4, scene 1, 32–37, William ShakespeareIt's a genre blend of fantasy, horror, and folklore. A contem...
  • Ellen Gail
    Deliciously brutal and loads of fun, The Call is a bloody heart-racing delight. It's going to be a painful wait for the sequel! The man who is speaking pokes his head in, reaching blindly with his deadly hands. But [she] has hands too and, before he knows what has hit him, she has taken his eyeballs... Every child will be Called, it's only a matter of when. Between ages 10 - 17 every child in Ireland, male or female, healthy or not, will disappea...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    Could You Survive the Call? NOTE: Read it for a second time and still give it four stars. I really had fun with this one and just love the amount of gore and disturbing images. MORE! I haven't read anything quite like this book, then again I've only more recently gotten really into dystopian books. This book was quite a ride!The Call is centered a group of kids that are training for when it's their turn to be Called. At the age of ten they are t...
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    3.75* The whole time reading this I couldn't stop thinking that this book is perfect for fans of Stranger Things. I recently watched and loved the show and this gave me major Stranger Things vibes. It was eerie and not afraid to be a little disturbing and push boundaries. It was definitely a fun read! I did find the ending slightly anticlimactic and I wasn't the biggest fan of the writing style (which I eventually got used to and it didn't take a...
  • Figgy
    ‘Listen,’ he says, ‘we don’t need the Sidhe to teach us evil. We were the ones who put them in the Grey Land, remember? And not just for a day or however long it is the Call lasts. We Irish… we trapped an entire race of people in hell for all eternity, just so we could take their homes for ourselves.’In the Iron Age, the people of Ireland chased the fairyfolk away and trapped them in a nightmarish other dimension. 25 years ago the Sid...
  • Vikki Patis
    I heard about The Call when it was still just a twinkle in Peadar’s eye. I was hobbling around with a walking stick at WorldCon, and he collared me into telling him about my illness with the promise of free coffee. He told me about a Hunger Games-style story, where teenagers fight for their right to live (and party, maybe), and how he wanted the protagonist to be different, to be struggling with a disability on top of everything else. So we...
  • P42
    RECENCJA FILMOWA -……………Jedna z najdziwniejszych książek jakie ostatnio czytałem.+ ABSURDALNA fabuła, a jednak wciąga z każdą stroną kiedy zaczynamy rozumieć o co chodzi+ nie oszczędza czytelnikowi makabrycznych opisów, naprawdę przeraża (czemu dla mnie to jest plus… chyba coś jest ze mną nie tak)+ czegoś takiego jeszcze nie było+ współczesność powieści, różnorodność i repreze...
  • jv poore
    Nessa was celebrating her 10th birthday when her childhood abruptly ended. Instead of giving gifts and baking a cake, her parents explain The Call. The little girl that built an emotional armor against people’s perceptions; both the pitying looks as well as the ones filled with contempt and disbelief, is intelligent enough to understand the uselessness of her efforts. Her legs, twisted by polio into more of a hindrance than a help, have gone fr...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    The people of Ireland have been facing the Call for the last twenty-five years and there's no avoiding it. The Sidhe are finally getting their revenge for having been driven under the mounds thousands of years ago. Those from age 11 to 16 could be Called from their lives into the world of the Sidhe without any warning for 24 hours - well, 3 minutes and four seconds in the human world. For all of those who get called the survival rate is only abou...
  • Joanna (joreadsalot)
    This book had a lot of hype and therefore I was expecting a lot from it it had an interesting enough premise for me but the problem was the pacing. I thought it was too slow and the characters just didn't seem like people you could root for. Here they were in this dire situation and I couldn't root for anyone to come out on top or be the hero. Maybe the point was there wasn't suppose to be one but I usually like books that have heroes. Nessa was ...
  • Mizuki
    4.5 stars for this chilling and gloomy, and in parts downright gruesome and upsetting alternative-reality tale about a group of Irish teens struggling to survive the assaults of the revengeful faeries and their deadly realm.15 years ago, Ireland was cut off from the rest of the world by magic, everyone who tried to escape by air or by sea would mysteriously vanish without a trace. Even worse, the Irish teenagers started to experience a strange an...
  • Amy Sturgis
    If you're within the sound of my voice -- or, more appropriately, the sight of my written words -- please take this as a given: I want to sit you down, shove this book into your hands, and insist that you read it. Now.Don't let my Goodreads reading dates fool you, either. I've read this twice already.It may be easy to overlook what a stunning achievement this novel represents, but that's because Peadar Ó Guilín makes it seem so effortless as he...
  • Jill
    Wtf did I just read?*******Alright so I really don't have a ton to say about this book. It was just really freaking strange. It wasn't scary in the least. It was just weird. And I still don't even understand what happened. It also has a TON of very foul, vulgar language that was just completely unnecessary and I feel like I could rant about this fact for 30 years but I won't get into it here. So, I went into this book with little to n...
  • Puck
    3,5 stars. If you can’t wait for “Stranger Things” to come back, this disturbing horror story might sooth your hunger. The Call is a teenage dystopia book far darker than the others, with a kickass main character that doesn’t let her physical disability stand in her way. 2000 years ago, the people of Ireland banished the fairyfolk to the hellish Grey Lands. As punishment, the faeries initiated "the Call", in which any Irish child betwe...
  • Justine
    4.5 stars This book has a raw and stripped-down quality that enhances the grim story of the Sidhe exacting their revenge on the humans who took Ireland from them. Excellent storytelling and characters make it a real page turner.
  • lolo'
    Give me more *sobs*
  • Kortessa
    I have read some good reviews about The Call, so I decided to give it a try myself...Well, I liked it, not as much as I expected to.The story is set in future Ireland which is cut off from the rest of the world. The population is aged because of The Call. Years ago the Irish people chased down the Sídhe to the Grey Lands and now the Sídhe want to take revenge and gain back their land. They call teenagers to the Grey Land and they have a kind of...
  • Catherine
    She says, "I'm going to live. And nobody's going to stop me." She believes every word of it.Being a teenager is hard enough. It's been years since that time in my life, but I remember. In The Call, teenagers in alternate-reality Ireland have to deal with one more thing: the constant threat of disappearing for 3 minutes, only to return horrifically mutated and likely dead, all at the hands of vicious Sídhe (the Fair Folk) pursuers acting out of r...
  • Tammie
    The Call is a book that I'll have on my mind for quite some time- more horror than anything else and quite a gruesome tale the author tells. With a 1 in 10 chance of survival in this book- the odds are truly against you. The book was extremely fast-paced, - I would have loved to see more character development but it's still really good. I would suggest this to people who like horror, survival stories, and just a unique type of books in general.
  • Brie
    The Call is pure heart racing Irish folklore horror for the YA audience like you've never seen before. I really enjoyed it, as someone who generally dislikes a lot of fae themed books. O'Guilin put the fury, revenge, and twisted nature back into the Irish fae – or sídhe – and as truly grim and at times horrifying the contents of this book are, it shows the humanity of the victims and the complicated ways groups of people try to survive these...
  • Projekt: ksiazka
    Zapraszam -> Szczerze mówiąc, nie spodziewałam się żadnych rewelacji. Pomyślałam, że to pewnie kolejna młodzieżówka niczym nie wyróżniająca się w tłumie. Uwielbiam za to wszelkie historie, mity i podania o elfach, Małym Ludzie, który kiedyś zamieszkiwał zielone lasy Irlandii. Stwierdziłam, co mi szkodzi. Jesień, deszcz, zimno. Nic tylko usiąść z herbatą pod kocem i poczytać. Irlandia w k...
  • Cheryl
    I was really excited to pick up this book and start reading it. Yet, I found myself struggling to read the book. I started this book at night. The next two nights I could only read about 2 chapters and then I grew tried and put the book down. I could barely even comprehend what I was reading. I thought that it was just me and the wrong time of the night to be reading this book. So, I picked up this book again during the day and proceed to start r...
  • Chelsea
    This book has no chill. You better plan on finishing this when you sit down to read it because it just doesn’t slow down. I loved how eerie and dark it was. The overwhelming sense of disparity mixed with potential hope for humans is such an awesome combo. I think readers of all ages would love it, but maybe hold off on handing it to children unless you have a very morbid child. It gets unapologetically gruesome pretty quickly so it might be a t...
  • Maria Hill AKA MH Books
    Well this is a very enjoyable tale well told. YA is not my favourite genre however there are always exceptions and this is one of them. This is compared a lot to the Hunger games (which is another YA I enjoyed) and the story really does have a lot in common with these books. What I really enjoyed though was the author taking the sanitised stories of the little people and fairies and bringing them back to the truly scary legends that there were of...