Cover image for The call / Peadar O'Guilin.
The call / Peadar O'Guilin.
First [American] edition.
Publication Information:
New York : David Fickling Books/Scholastic Inc., 2016. ©2016
Physical Description:
307 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2016 by David Fickling Books."
For the last twenty-five years every teenager in Ireland has been subject to "the call" which takes them away to the land of the Sídhe, where they are hunted for twenty four hours (though only three minutes pass in this world)--handicapped by her twistedlegs, Nessa Doherty knows that very few return alive, but she is determined to be one of them.


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You have three minutes to save your life . . .


You wake up alone in a horrible land. A horn sounds. The Call has begun.


The Sidhe are close. They're the most beautiful and terrible people you've ever seen. And they've seen you.


Nessa will be Called soon. No one thinks she has any chance to survive. But she's determined to prove them wrong.


Could you survive the Call?

A genre-changing blend of fantasy, horror, and folkore, The Call won't ever leave your mind from the moment you choose to answer it.

Author Notes

Peadar O'Guilin grew up in beautiful Donegal in the far northwest of Ireland. These days, he lives in Dublin, where he toils day and night for a giant corporation. You can find him on Twitter by following @TheCallYA.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

This intense, riveting tale is set in an Ireland that the Sídhe, Irish faeries, have cut off from the rest of the world, plotting to retake their former home through a grim war of attrition that involves kidnapping human teenagers. During the "Call," teens disappear "for a little over three minutes, but in [the faeries'] world, the Grey Land, an entire day has passed, panic and pain in every second of it." When the stolen teens reappear, they are usually dead and/or horribly mutated by magic. All Irish children attend special centers where they're taught martial arts, the Sídhe language, and total ruthlessness. Nessa, already relegated to crutches due to polio (Ireland's isolation means no imported vaccines-or anything else), seems unlikely to survive her Call, but has dedicated everything to doing so. O'Guilin (The Inferior) follows several teens, including Nessa, over into the Grey Land, delivering blisteringly fast-paced and graphic descriptions of the tortures the children endure. This is a bleak, gripping story, one where only the most muted of happy endings is possible. Ages 14-up. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.



From The Call : "We've had a Call," Nessa cries. "Driver! You have to reverse! Reverse!" "Two-forty-five," Megan says, watching the murderous second hand. "It's three minutes now!" That's when the boy returns. Strictly speaking, the famous "Three Minutes" are three minutes and four seconds. Everyone knows this, because many Calls were caught on security cameras in the first terrible year. The boy's body reappears and thumps down hard onto the floor. Nessa is relieved to see that it's not one of the really awful ones. There's nothing to churn the stomach here, other than a little blood and a set of tiny antlers growing from the back of his head. Excerpted from The Call by Peadar O'Guilin All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.