Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Wish List

The Wish ListThe Wish List by Eoin Colfer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Dying isn't the end for Meg Finn: her soul is perfectly balanced between good and evil, so she is sent back to Ireland with one last chance to make it through the pearly gates.

Meg Finn was an ordinary Irish girl until an unfortunate accident with a shot gun, a propane tank, and a pitbull ended her life. She gets sent on to the afterlife and finds a few surprises: heaven and hell are real, and while blue auras go up, red goes down. But Meg's aura is....purple? Back she goes for one last chance to right some wrongs: Meg helps a crotchety and lonely old man rekindle his lost love, reclaim missed opportunities and settle old grudges, all while dodging Satan's minions.

This novel is quippy and light-hearted in spite of the fact that its heroine dies in the first few pages. Most of the fun is in the premise, and watching Satan's technologically challenged servants try to track down Meg before she gets away. Not brilliant, but certainly entertaining.

Fans of the Artemis Fowl series will find more of the Colfer's signature style here. Fans who have outgrown the teenage mastermind might try Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride or go a step further to the clever Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (which would appeal to anyone who liked the Beelzebub/St. Peter dynamic).

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