** 7/12/2013 ** I just re-read it. This book gives me the shivers. To think that there was a time not too long ago, where things like this was acceptab** 7/12/2013 ** I just re-read it. This book gives me the shivers. To think that there was a time not too long ago, where things like this was acceptable... Its disgusting. The illustrations make the book even more profound. I think that it makes it an even better book being illustrated. Unfortunately, it makes it hard to place this book in any collection. Still it's staying in my teen collection.
** Original review **
Do we think this is "safe" for a teen collection? It looks powerful and profound. I need to read it...
I think it's "safe" for older teens, but I also think that teens in general should read this with their parents.
This is about a period of time that is both too recent, but also easy for younger people to forget about.
This is an EXTREMELY intense book. There's strong language, strong images and strong issues at play in this book. I do think these are issues that need to be spoken about. Our parents and grandparents may have had to struggle like this and I think this book could help to spur many conversations. ...more
Yowza was this disturbing. This is definitely not for the light of heart, easily disturbed, delicate constitution type of person. Its DEFINITELY not fYowza was this disturbing. This is definitely not for the light of heart, easily disturbed, delicate constitution type of person. Its DEFINITELY not for younger teens. The artwork is gorgeous and vibrant, even when you wouldn't want it to be. The expressions of the characters are so intense, you can almost feel their agony. In some scenes the images are so detailed its almost a little overwhelming. Upon reading it, I didn't realize that it was the ninth volume, but it really does stand alone as a great comic. Its so intense in every aspect. The story is terrifying. After World War 2 is over the military is going through Nazi warehouses and other buildings and they begin finding things that are more than just disturbing... its mind boggling and bizarre. They begin finding things that were used for satanic rituals, as well as other paranormal kinds of things. While this is just a work of fiction, there is enough historical accuracy in it that it makes you think about how these poor people must have suffered and how could other humans make them suffer so. ...more
Gosh! What a brilliant book! If I could give it ten stars I would. The illustrations are gorgeous. The book benefits by being wordless because you canGosh! What a brilliant book! If I could give it ten stars I would. The illustrations are gorgeous. The book benefits by being wordless because you can understand the main character's frustrations at being an outsider going to a new confusing place. Everyone should "read" this book....more
I agree with other reviewers that the book spent a lot of time on Aya's friends and their promiscuity, but I'm wondering if that's the point. Aya's anI agree with other reviewers that the book spent a lot of time on Aya's friends and their promiscuity, but I'm wondering if that's the point. Aya's an aberration in her village. Girls are supposed to graduate from high school (if that) find a man, get married and have 10 or 12 children. She doesn't want to do that. She wants to be a doctor. I'm wondering if the author's purpose in focusing on Aya's friends is to show how much she deviates from the "proper" role of a young woman. She discourages the advances of men, she doesn't go to the local clubs and she definitely doesn't go out to the market square at night to hook up with men. Often it was hard to keep track of which of Aya's friends were up to what. I love the illustrations, the color, the people and the atmosphere. It swept me into the story. I wasn't going to pick this up and read it. I think I bought it for our collection because it received a good review ... looking it up in our catalog ... yup, School Library Journal gave it a good review. They mentioned, "This pleasing volume will make a good addition to graphic-novel collections." I'm glad I picked it up. I'm definitely going to buy the other one for the library. I know that I'm going to have to push this one on my teens, but I think they'll like it onces they get into it.
Addendum: looking at the reviews, I wonder if I got this one because Bob read it and liked it. Quite possibly....more