Title: Space Boy Volume 1
Author/Illustrator: Stephen McCranie
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Coming of Age/Graphic Novel
Release Date: July 3rd 2018 from Dark Horse Books (originally on WebToon)
Format: Library copy (returned)
Goodreads Synopsis: A sci-fi drama of a high school aged girl who belongs in a different time, a boy possessed by emptiness as deep as space, an alien artifact, mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years.
To Amy, everyone has a flavor. Her mom is the flavor of mint–sharp and bright. Her dad is like hot chocolate–sweet and full of gentle warmth.
Amy lives on a mining colony in out in deep space, but when her dad loses his job the entire family is forced to move back to Earth. Amy says goodbye to her best friend Jemmah and climbs into a cryotube where she will spend the next 30 years frozen in a state of suspended animation, hurtling in a rocket toward her new home. Her life will never be the same, but all she can think about is how when she gets to Earth, Jemmah will have grown up without her.
When Amy arrives on Earth, she feels like an alien in a strange land. The sky is beautiful but gravity is heavy and the people are weird. Stranger still is the boy she meets at her new school–a boy who has no flavor.
I heard about this graphic novel series through three of my library co-workers who love this series! It was originally published on WebToon, which you can you still go on read on there, but they’re releasing bound volumes through Dark Horse. I was wanting something short, so I picked this up. THIS IS SO SWEET AND WARM AND ADORABLE! I couldn’t get enough of this first volume. While this first volume only starts to scratch the surface of who this “space boy” actually is, I love the coming of age story that I assume will be its main plot.
We follow Amy who lives on a deep space mining colony with her parents. She’s never lived on Earth and she’s only known about fashion, music and other pop culture aspects through the movies and sitcoms her and her friend Jemmah watch on the colony. But when her family has to move to Earth, she isn’t prepared for the feelings of loneliness, social awkwardness and the torn feeling of wanting to go home but needing to try to belong on Earth. Plus, the technology on Earth is extremely different from what she saw on the mining colony. There are some great points about how social media and technology can make someone feel alone in a crowded room.
I also really felt for Amy as a person. She is very sweet, but lonely since she had to leave her entire life behind in deep space. She grapples between finding friends on Earth, despite not knowing anything about the new tech and also deciding on if she wants to talk to Jemmah again. Plus, her special trait is that everyone has a flavor to her. Her dad is like hot chocolate, her mom is like mint and one of her new friends is like a chili pepper. But when she runs into a boy who only stares at her and also doesn’t have a flavor, this experience makes her curious of who this boy is. While this volume wasn’t very long, it was wholesome, sweet, relatable, creative and captivating. I’m DYING for the next few volumes! If you need a nice graphic novel that will give you warm feelings, check out this one! (Hopefully this review was helpful despite it being short…)
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