Department 19

by Will Hill

Part of the Department 19 Series

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month

LoveReading View on Department 19

One of our New Gen Debuts of the Year 2011.

This is a well crafted debut paranormal novel for teens but it's much more than that for it features a cleverly laid plot that revolves around a government secret agency who pull into the organisation a 14 year old Jamie whose mother has been kidnapped by some strange creatures.  And yes, vampires do also come into it, most of them as baddies and involved in some quite gruesome parts to the plot but very necessary to keep the reader engaged.  Much more action, suspense and, yes, gore than you'd expect from the typical paranormal/horror offerings at the current time and well worth a read. 

 

The series so far...

Department 19

The Rising

Battle Lines

Zero Hour

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reader reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Department 19 a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'A book that I didn't want to put down. I love the characters within the story and their relationships between each other..'.... Scroll down to read more reviews...

Department 19 Synopsis

In a secret supernatural battle that's been raging for over a century, the stakes have just been raised -- and they're not wooden anymore. When Jamie Carpenter's mother is kidnapped by strange creatures, he finds himself dragged into Department 19, the government's most secret agency. Fortunately for Jamie, Department 19 can provide the tools he needs to find his mother, and to kill the vampires who want him dead. But unfortunately for everyone, something much older is stirring, something even Department 19 can't stand up against!

 

 

Department 19 Reader Reviews

Safiyah Afghan  Full of thrills, danger, action and romance Department 19 is an exciting book that will hold most readers captivated. Click here to read the full review

Claudia Woolgar
If you love adventure, gore, computer games, vampires, love and big guns, this is the book for you! Click here to read the full review

Hollie Compton    A book that I didn't want to put down. I love the characters within the story and their relationships between each other.  Click here to read the full review

Emily Setchell, age 13  I really enjoyed this book and am definitely going to read the rest of the books in the series! Click here to read the full review

Jack Graham  this book is an excellent read. I would read the next books or any others by Will Hill and recommend this to anyone 11+ because it has so many good techniques and a great storyline Click here to read the full review


Emer O'Brien, age 13 It is really, really gory, and readers who don't enjoy detailed descriptions of dismembered body parts shouldn't go within a hundred yards of this book. Click here to read the full review

Carla McGuigan, age 13     You’ve heard of the novels: Dracula and the novel: Frankenstein. Well in this novel both are brought to life, together. Click here to read the full review

 

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'Teen' and 'Vampire' doesn't always mean 'sparkly'; this Young Adult thriller injects some blood and thunder back into the vamp mythos!a fast-paced and intelligently thought-out story. - SFX

'Bram Stoker can stop turning in his grave: his 21st-century legacy extends beyond Twilight.' -- The Telegraph

'Enough weaponry to satisfy the most warlike of pre-teen boys and enough action on every page to qualify for a health warning' -- Belfast News

'Injects some blood and thunder back into the vamp mythos!this is a lively set-up to what looks to be a fn and blood-soaked YA thrill ride' -- SFX Magazine

'Action-hungry lovers of horror and adventure will love it.' -- South Wales Argus

'Amazing and full of guts galore.' -- Bournemouth Daily Echo

Department 19 Press Reviews

Safiyah Afghan  Full of thrills, danger, action and romance Department 19 is an exciting book that will hold most readers captivated. Click here to read the full review

Claudia Woolgar
If you love adventure, gore, computer games, vampires, love and big guns, this is the book for you! Click here to read the full review

Hollie Compton    A book that I didn't want to put down. I love the characters within the story and their relationships between each other.  Click here to read the full review

Emily Setchell, age 13  I really enjoyed this book and am definitely going to read the rest of the books in the series! Click here to read the full review

Jack Graham  this book is an excellent read. I would read the next books or any others by Will Hill and recommend this to anyone 11+ because it has so many good techniques and a great storyline Click here to read the full review


Emer O'Brien, age 13 It is really, really gory, and readers who don't enjoy detailed descriptions of dismembered body parts shouldn't go within a hundred yards of this book. Click here to read the full review

Carla McGuigan, age 13     You’ve heard of the novels: Dracula and the novel: Frankenstein. Well in this novel both are brought to life, together. Click here to read the full review

 

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'Teen' and 'Vampire' doesn't always mean 'sparkly'; this Young Adult thriller injects some blood and thunder back into the vamp mythos!a fast-paced and intelligently thought-out story. - SFX

'Bram Stoker can stop turning in his grave: his 21st-century legacy extends beyond Twilight.' -- The Telegraph

'Enough weaponry to satisfy the most warlike of pre-teen boys and enough action on every page to qualify for a health warning' -- Belfast News

'Injects some blood and thunder back into the vamp mythos!this is a lively set-up to what looks to be a fn and blood-soaked YA thrill ride' -- SFX Magazine

'Action-hungry lovers of horror and adventure will love it.' -- South Wales Argus

'Amazing and full of guts galore.' -- Bournemouth Daily Echo

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007354467
Publication date: 01/09/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007354450
Publication date: 31/03/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007354467
Publication date: 1st September 2011
Author: Will Hill
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Science fiction (Children's / Teenage), Horror & ghost stories, chillers (Children's / Teenage),

About Will Hill

Will Hill grew up in the north-east of England and worked as a bartender, bookseller and in publishing, before quitting to write full-time. His first novel, Department 19 – the first in a series of five – was published in 2011 to widespread acclaim, garnering Will, and the series, a huge fan base. Will now lives in east London with his girlfriend. 

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