Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Science Comics: Volcanoes: Fire and Life” as Want to Read:
Science Comics: Volcanoes: Fire and Life
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Science Comics: Volcanoes: Fire and Life

(Science Comics)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Get ready to explore the depths of the ocean, the farthest reaches of space, and everything in between! Volcanic eruptions, vampire bats, feathered velociraptors, and more await you in SCIENCE COMICS.

In a not-so-distant future our world is as cold as a frozen burrito. But can humanity save itself by harnessing a power that dwells inside the Earth? Explode into the world of
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by First Second
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Science Comics, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Science Comics

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.52  · 
Rating details
 ·  162 ratings  ·  42 reviews

More filters
Sort order
A little story told in a way to really get nerdy about volcanoes. There has been something happen to Earth so there is permanent winter. Tribes roam the old world looking for anything to burn. They scan in books into a computer to save knowledge before they burn it. A girl finds a book on Volcanoes and believes if they find one, they can find a way to keep warm.

I was surprised that is was a compelling story. They did it well. It reminds me of this little series we watched in grade school on the
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is an unusual mix of fiction and nonfiction. The story revolves around a young girl named Aurora, her brother and sister, and their teacher Dallas. They live on an icebound earth that requires them to spend much of their time looking for fuel to burn to keep their tribe alive. On one such trip, they find their way into a city where they come across a library. In the basement of the library, they discover a bunch of books which they are excited to report as fuel. But they do take the ti ...more
Joy Machen
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I first picked up this book, I honestly did not think I was going to enjoy it. I don't usually read graphic novels, and I normally don't read science books either. All that to say, I was shocked because I loved it. It is GREAT and I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to see what happened to the main character, Rory, and her community. The fact that it's a graphic novel made the science learning in it enjoyable and interesting. The story that goes along with it is engaging and ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this with my kids and they really liked it. They present an interesting storyline, where the futuristic world is in an ice age and the tribe has to find ways to survive the cold. The main character Arora finds a book in an old library about volcanoes and decides to find a volcano and use its heat to save the tribe. The story is compelling enough to get you through the science, and the science is presented in small segments that are put in context with the plot, making it palatable for kid ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: omar

Science Comics: Volcanoes
Fire and Life
Jon Chad
ISBN 978-0-9906031-0-8
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Scott


The newest entry into the Science Comics line by First Second Books, is Volcanoes, those frightening, yet magnificent wonders of the world. Jon Chad, weaves a plot into this one, and although the educational value is always there (featuring a glossary and further readings section), the plot comes first, creating a open and closed graphic novel th
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I like that this was told as a story instead of just presenting facts. However, I did think it was a little advanced for a children’s graphic novel. I had trouble keeping up at times.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Chad, John Volcanoes: Fire and Life (Science Comics) 115 pgs. First Second, 2016. $12.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G

This graphic novel combines fiction with non-fiction. Aurora and her family live in a time where earth has changed and the climate has become an endless frozen winter. They spend their days searching for fuel to burn. Before they burn a library of books, they scan them into their computer. But Aurora discovers a book about volcanoes. The more she
This cool--well, cold, actually--graphic novel provides more than you ever wanted to know about volcanoes. It does so in engaging fashion with a story line concerning Aurora, a young girl who is out searching for possible fuel sources with her siblings Sol and Luna, and their teacher Pallas. The story takes place on Earth in the future when life is bleak and cold without the sun's influence. While scavenging for fuel of any sort, they stumble upon an archive of books in a library basement and sc ...more
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Science Comics: Volcanoes: Fire and Life by Jon Chad is part of a middlegrade comic series covering a variety of science topics. In Volcanoes: Fire and Life, readers follow Aurora as she attempts to convince her mission leader that volcanoes do exist, and that the Earth’s natural phenomenon could solve the fuel problems that leave her tribe struggling to keep warm in future Earth’s ice age.

The science fiction setting helps break up thorough, engaging infographics, giving readers a chance to abs
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like to vet out new books I think my girls might be interested in. This was good nerdy fun. The plot is set sometime in the not too distant future where the world appears to be in an ice age. Our hero is one of three kids undergoing training for fuel mapping (looking for burnables). The group finds a bookshop in which they scan them all into their database before turning them over to be burned for warmth. One girl stays up all night reading books about volcanoes. The next morning she erupts wi ...more
Dakota Morgan
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Another Science Comics entry featuring a strange framing story, but at least this story is actually really intriguing and could stand on its own aside from the cool volcano info. A young girl, her family, and her teacher trudge through a post-apocalyptic frozen future, searching for fuel to keep their fires lit. It's pretty bleak! The girl discovers a book about volcanoes and, through some sleuthing and a confrontation with her teacher, realizes that there's more to this frozen future than meets ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
There is a lot of information in this book. In this book the earth being in an almost ice age because the sun's heat is not reaching it. The human's set out to find fuel in a desolate world. When they end up in a library they use a piece of equipment to harvest the knowledge and stories before burning the books. One of the books is about volcanoes and when Rory reads it, she is convinced that they should be able to find another way to heat the Earth. The book then gives information about tectoni ...more
Teresa Edmunds
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Science Comics is a great series - combining an exciting fictional story with real-life facts about the world around us. In this book, Aurora and her family live in a world that is all ice. Something has happened to the world and everything is frozen. Aurora searches each day for fuel to stay warm. Surely there is a better way to survive than scavenging. On one outing, Aurora learns about things called "volcanoes". Maybe she can find one of these volcanoes and help her people not only get warm, ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Science Comics continues to impress with their latest installment- this time focusing on volcanoes. I’ve enjoyed Jon Chad’s other works (his Leo Geo series) and looked forward to reading more of his storytelling style mixed with nonfiction elements. In a future frozen world, Aurora and her tribe must rummage through people’s rubble to find things to burn for their survival. She feels there must be another solution to their problems. After stumbling upon books on volcanoes in a deserted library, ...more
Science Comics: Volcanoes by Jon Chad was an interesting combination of science fiction and informational nonfiction. The story takes place in the future where a new ice age has set in and a society is looking for heat. When Aurora discovers a book about volcanoes she cannot stop teaching her siblings and guide about them because she feels like they can save their civilization. It is through Aurora that we learn about volcanoes in a very detailed way. I think the author did a good job combining ...more
Debbie Tanner
Apr 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this graphic novel about volcanoes, but the premise really threw me-it's an ice age and people are scavenging the world looking for things to burn so they can stay warm? The sun is gone as a source of power (but apparently not light because they can still see to scavenge) and they know what bread is, which since it's a plant sourced product, I wonder how they would grow such a thing. Ok, enough already. The science information about the volcanoes was interesting and inter ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Great little graphic novel set in the frozen future. A trio of kids and their chaperone are hunting around for sources of fuel to burn to help keep their tribe alive. By chance they discover the concept of volcanoes, and bit by bit fascinating details (and images) unfold. Could volcanoes help save their tribe somehow? Read it to find out.

I enjoyed the pictures and the bits of volcano history, mechanics, and geochemistry. I couldn't quite get into the futuristic world (didn't seem plausible) nor
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Some good information about volcanoes, and diagrams certainly help, but some of the terminology could have used more explanation and the framing narrative was so logically inconsistent that it got on my nerves. Also, while it's good to not try to scare kids, I feel like they over downplayed the dangers.

(Also not big on the implying that volcanoes created the plaster casts pictured in Pompeii-the ash surrounded the bodies, they decayed and left a hole in the ash that archaeologists filled with pl
Brandi Rae Fong
I wanted to love this a bit more than I did. There's a lot of information crammed into this title, and at times it seemed the balance between the images of a comic, and the text of a non-fiction book were a bit off, particularly when the author was trying to explain some of the more complicated aspects of volcanoes.

I definitely think there is an audience for this among my patrons, and will be giving the series another try with a different title.
Breakfast and Books
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
In a not-so-distant future, our world has frozen over. Now humanity lives divided among different tribes, with each tribe trying to scavenge for different heat sources. While out on one scavenging hunt, Rory learns all about volcanoes and the life they provide for Earth.

While the book doesn’t list sources, I do like how the author mixed a story with factual, informative information. I see this book doing well in Libraries in which Informative Graphic Novels are in-demand.
Donna Sanders
Aug 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not like this book. I found the pages visually to busy, the language way to technical and at times confusing. Not sure what age you this is intended for but with the techy language I won't recommend this to anyone under the age of 10 or even 12. But as it stands right now, I would not recommend.
Mary Anne
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of great, accessible scientific info woven into this story of people struggling to find fuel sources on a frozen planet. A discovery of an ancient library with books about volcanoes, sends one curious explorer searching for a possible heat source!
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mcba-2018-19
I like the addition of non-fiction graphic to the nominees for the Mass Children's Book Award. The dystopic frozen setting drives the residents to find burnable items but one girl is convinced there's a better way to find heat after she reads a book about volcanoes.
Alec Longstreth
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A great framing story kept me engaged while I learned a lot of information about volcanoes. Tons of great diagrams and drawings get across lots of complicated ideas in a very effective way. I'm looking forward to checking out more of these Science Comics.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jfic, comics, nonfic
This entry in the Science Comics line is so great! The post-climate-apocalypse storyline is a perfect framing device and keeps things from getting too dry. And I learned a lot about volcanoes. Definitely more than I ever learned in school. The art is sweeping and detailed and also fun.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I thoroughly enjoy the Science Comics line and this was another fascinating exploration. With a different but fun framing device, the information and the infectious presentation flow naturally. Art is detailed but not overbearing with colors that take advantage of the necessary reds and yellows.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: jgn
I loved learning about volcanoes but I wasn't interested in the future frozen earth part. Wonderful artwork of course!
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SEE-IT Award nominee, giving all 5 stars to avoid spoilers, proper review post-award.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Good volcano info, but the fictional storyline interfered with my reading experience. A better, realistic storyline could have been chosen.
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers
  • Science Comics: Bats: Learning to Fly
  • Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector
  • Science Comics: Sharks: Nature's Perfect Hunter
  • The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo
  • Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean
  • Hilda and the Stone Forest (Hilda, #5)
  • The Mushroom Fan Club
  • Pigs Might Fly
  • Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared
  • Omaha Beach on D-Day: June 6, 1944 with One of the World's Iconic Photographers
  • Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future
  • Compass South (Four Points #1)
  • Who Was Genghis Khan?
  • Butterflies And Moths
  • Scary Godmother: Omnibus
  • Astronaut Academy: Re-entry
  • The Great American Dust Bowl
See similar books…

Other books in the series

Science Comics (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • Science Comics: Bats: Learning to Fly
  • Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine
  • Science Comics: Cars: Engines That Move You
  • Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture
  • Science Comics: Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean
  • Science Comics: Crows: Genius Birds
  • Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers
  • Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector
  • Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared
  • Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield