My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Romance, War, Aliens
It is ten years after Colleen Cavanaugh’s home world was invaded by the Derichets, a tyrannical alien race bent on exploiting the planet’s mineral resources.
Most of her family died in the war, and she now lives alone in the city. Aside from her acquaintances at the factory where she toils for the Derichets, Colleen makes a single friend in Jann, a member of the violent group of rebels known as the Chromatti. One day Colleen receives shocking news: her niece Lucy is alive and in need of her help. Together, Colleen, Jann, and Lucy create their own tenuous family.
But Colleen must decide if it’s worth risking all of their survival to join a growing underground revolution against the Derichets.
Well… that was quite something.
I had trouble understanding what was going on in the beginning. An alien race invaded Colleen’s world and took over as the new leaders of the planet without, of course, giving the humans a choice in the matter.
Colleen lost her family. She is now alone. To survive, she works in some kind of factory under the supervision of the alien specie.
Eventually, she rebels against the aliens by joining a group of rebels with the mission of getting rid of the aliens. Pretty straightforward when it’s explained to you, but not so easy to get when you read the actual graphic novel.
It’s a little more complicated than that. Much more is actually happening. Colleen finds a member of her family to care of. She falls in love. She loses people. It’s quite complex, you could say. In fact, it feels like the type of graphic novel that is inspired by a novel.
The art is fantastic. I truly loved it. The characters are strong and memorable, especially the heroine. The story overall, however, is not of the same quality as the previous elements. I think it’s overdone. Aliens invading the planet, rebels rebelling. Meh, don’t you think?
Plus I believe this to be a standalone graphic novel, thus the ending is the real ending, and let me tell you that it is not satisfying. I don’t think you can illustrate a war in one single book of around 250 pages. It’s not that easy. It seemed too easy for Colleen and her friends.
Not that no one got hurt, because they did, but I really don’t think an alien specie so powerful could get fooled so easily. And also, we know barely anything about them. We saw not all aliens were cruel in the book, so then how come there isn’t an alien group fighting for the humans too? Meh, the story didn’t feel complete. It was like we were thrown not at the beginning but at the middle of it and we never truly reached the end.
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