When I first picked up The Devil’s Intern by Donna Hosie, I expected … well, I think I was expecting a story about Hell, and it definitely is that. The setting of this story is very well thought-out; Hosie put a lot of detail in the logistics of Hell. For example, the underworld’s business district is in a cave, with departments arranged higher or lower by level of importance. The devil is at the top, and reality TV stars clean out the ground-floor toilets!
But what I didn’t expect was that the mood of this story would alternate between feeling snarky, sarcastic, strange and sad, and that I’d actually grow to care about these characters. The mood of the book shifts from the beginning (funny and sarcastic) to the end (affecting and emotional) as Mitchell and his friends escape Hell and revisit the scenes of their own deaths. This is a one-of-a-kind story about the road trip to end all road trips.
Mitchell is a teenage boy who is going to be a teenage boy forever. That’s because he’s dead, and he’s been living in hell for the last four years. Hell is a crazy place that’s getting more and more crowded, and Mitchell’s not looking forward to living here for the rest of … well, for the rest of FOREVER. The only thing that makes his afterlife bearable is the fact that he has friends here. They keep him company, they make him laugh, and they make him feel like maybe he’s not going to lose his mind after all.
And then one day Mitchell’s boss shows him a secret invention, a time machine that can be used to solve Hell’s overcrowding problem. But Mitchell has a better idea — he wants to steal the time machine and go back to the moment of his death. That way he can save his own life and stop himself from ever winding up in Hell. But he never imagines that his friends will insist on coming along for the ride, and that each of them will want to revisit their own deaths, too. They are definitely in for the adventure of a lifetime.