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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  730 ratings  ·  329 reviews
Three siblings search for their missing mother across a ruined America in this original graphic novel perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Neal Shusterman. 

Eight years ago an earthquake—the Big One—hit along the Cascadia fault line, toppling cities and changing landscapes all up and down the west coast of the United States. Life as we know it changed forever. But for V
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Oni Press
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Lauren Lanz
It’s a shame Odessa wasn’t all that I’d hoped. Hearing that this was a post apocalyptic own-voices novel featuring Vietnamese main characters really peaked my interest.

In a world ravaged by the aftermath of massive earthquakes and societal divide, the Crane family thought they’d been through the worst. Then their mother left without explanation.
It’s eight years later, and Virginia Crane has grown accustomed to caring for her father and younger brothers. When she receives a birthday gift from her
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy through Netgalley. This in no way influences my opinion of the book.

Ehhhhh. This graphic novel just didn't do it for me. The premise of a journey through a post-apocalyptic world sounded fab, like a huge adventurous undertaking to follow along with (call me a mythology nerd but I literally thought "Odessa" was a play on the's not). But it sadly ended up being a fairly mundane trek, full of handy conveniences of adults coming t
Alexander Peterhans
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Post-apocalyptic fiction is all the rage in these mid-apocalyptic days, at least Odessa's apocalypse is something different to your usual fare - the west of the US has been devastated by earthquakes (think The Big One times a hundred), the East Coast supposedly was unaffected but did plonk a huge big wall in the middle of the country so as to easier forget about those West Coast losers.

Society in the west has crumbled and turned into what you'd normally expect in this genre - small semi-self-sus
B | crumbledpages
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
This book is set in a dystopian world where an earthquake destroyed almost everything. This is the story of Ginny who lives with her father and two younger brothers. On her birthday she receives a gift from her mother. This convinces her that her mother misses her as much she missed her mother. So she goes on a journey to find her mother even though her father was against it. Her two younger brothers also joins her on this journey.

I did not enjoy this book. Firstly, nothing happens in this book.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Wow! This one was pleasantly surprising. I'm happy that I was able to get my hands on this graphic novel, especially since it turned out to be a very promising first volume.

My first impressions, of course, had to do with the art style. I might be the unpopular opinion here, but I liked it . It was simple, and definitely not what you'd call "cute", but it worked for me for some reason. Also, I found the choice of colour quite strange: when I see pink, I think of something light and fluffy, even r
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF @ 50%

I feel bad DNFing this because I usually try not to DNF graphic novels, especially when they're review copies... but this just wasn't doing anything for me and since I'm already clawing my way out of a month-long reading slump, I can't justify boring myself with this any longer.

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review!
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an ARC from Oni Press. Thank you.

This was a very thought provoking story. I am looking forward to the next part.

I will say this. I kept thinking of “The Grave of The Fireflies” while I was reading it.
Jessica Haider
Set at an unknown time in the near future, Odessa tells of an American West Coast that has been left devastated by a massive earthquake. Many people died in the quakes and many more died in the dangerous wasteland of a society that is left behind. People survive by trading goods and scavenging in ruined buildings. Ginny is a young woman who lives with her father and two younger brothers. Ginny's mother left shortly after the quake, but when Ginny receives a package from her mom, she decides to g ...more
 *:・゚✧ Isabelle (semi-hiatus)
3.25 stars

I feel conflicted :/

On one hand, Odessa is a very heart-warming graphic novel about a sister and her two younger brothers on a journey to find their mom. On the other hand, Odessa wasn’t much of anything.

This graphic novel is set 8 years after an earthquake wrecked the world. Life changed for everyone, including Virginia Crane, who’s mother left shortly after the incident. When on her 18th birthday she receives a gift from her mother, Ginny is set on finding her and goes on a journe
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Post-apocalyptic stories are far from my favorite, and it takes a lot for something in that genre to wow me. While Odessa was a good story, it wasn't a great one. The pink and black art was interesting, the characters were endearing, and there were some well-explored themes around family and change and what it does to you to try and survive (although those do seem pretty post-apoc standard). But the relentless cruelty and bone-crushing hopelessness of the setting didn't help, as did the mostly s ...more
Théo M. (bookswiththeo)
Odessa was an okay graphic novel that follows three siblings navigating a post-apocalyptic world in search for a mother that left them and their father eight years before.

I really enjoyed the colour palette, and the art style was all right. But I felt that the plot was dragged out a bit too far, it could have easily been under 200 pages and probably would have been a better, more concise story. Instead, this one felt messy and very tropey, all the while, being extremely text heavy. I wasn't very
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-series, arcs
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

In a post-apocalyptic world which had been struck by severe earthquakes, Ginny receives a letter on her birthday from her mother who had abandoned their family eight years before. Prompting her to leave behind what she knows in search of her mother only to have her two younger brothers decide to follow her and join the journey much to her dismay.

I liked this well enough. I love a good little adventu
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this in one sitting! I'm not usually a fan of graphic novel but this was compared to Neal Shusterman and Scott Westerfeld so I knew I had to request this immediately. I really enjoyed this, it was heart warming and heart breaking at the same time. I thought the drawings were nicely done (even though it was 3 colors only) and I love the cover. I also enjoy the end of the world settings. Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for this advanced copy!
Marjolein (UrlPhantomhive)
Review to follow closer to publication on November 3rd!

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Vanessa Menezes
Eight years ago, after a massive earthquake, Virginia Crane's mother left and never came back. Ginny had gotten used to a life without her mother, helping her father take care of her two younger brothers, Wes and Harry. But on her eighteenth birthday, when she receives a mysterious package from her mother, her life is shaken up yet again.

She's determined to find out what happened to her mother—even if it means leaving her family behind. What she doesn't expect, is to discover her younger brother
Cinna Marie
Stars: 3/5

Thank you for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I'll start with the good things and things I like about this novel. The relationships and the way they were presented in this story was really good. I liked the relationships between Ginny and her brothers and the realistic banter, fights and brutal honesty.

There were plot twists I half didn't see coming, which of course made the story much more interesting. There was also a scene toward the end that was heartbreaking oh my go
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, graphic-novel
I thought the book was just fine. I thought there were a lot of coincidences that drove the plot forward and I didn’t really connect with any of the characters or their motivations. I did however liked the simplicity in the art style

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinions.
Rod Brown
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
Okay, first, be aware this book is not a self-contained story, ending with a big ol' To Be Continued. Also be aware that I have no desire to ever find out how this story ends if it means having to read another long, dull book like this.

Basically, a 17-year-old girl runs away from her family to find out why her mother ran away from the family a decade earlier. The complicating problem is that this is a post-apocalyptic world, though at first it seems the only impact of that is to allow a throwbac
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via The Publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

I have been on a graphic novel kick lately – and something about the post – apocalyptic nature of the plot of Odessa–a quest of a teenage girl to cross the post-apocalyptic city to find her mother who left their family before a day long earthquake brought on the end of the world.

I absolutely adored the premise of
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

WARNING: This is the first book. Don’t go in it like me and expect a full story, don’t be disappointed, like me when I found out that after 328 pages there is a to be continued. But yeah, this why I am rating this one lower, I wanted a conclusion. The story already felt too long.

A girl decides to go search for her mother after she receives a package from her mother on her birthday. Her brothers tag along and so begins a long lon
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
Odessa is a heartwarming story of three children searching for their mother in a post-apocalyptic type world whilst encountering all kinds of dangers. I felt as though the story was good and I did enjoy the story, although it felt really hard to get hooked on this book. I did read it all in one go, but I had to take a short minute or two every few chapters to recompose myself and almost force myself to read more. The art style however is absolutely adorable and I really loved it.

Thank you to Net
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love stories about siblings, graphic novels and dystopias. So why didn't I love this one?

The drawing style isn't really my thing. But I like the colours, black outlines and a reddish colour. That fits the feeling of this world very well.
The Story started promising but I got confused quckly. How is it possible that only a part of America is completely destroyed and after 10 years, the rest of the world and America lives on like nothing happened? This is so illogical.
I also didn't like a single
Honestly this was me the entire time:

Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been devastated by a large earthquake, Odessa tells the story of a group of siblings who set out to find their mother.

I'm really sad that I didn't enjoy this graphic novel as much as I thought I would. The premise was initially super interesting and what caught my attention the most was that Virginia and her brothers are Vietnamese American. However, the author doesn't go into their cultural identity and if it wasn't
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Odessa is a amazing story full of adventure, family and survival. I love the characters and it is beautifully illustrated!
Spot on calling this good for Scott Westerfeld or Neal Shusterman.

For me, the story wasn't as satisfying as the art -- and the palate of pink and black is awesome -- and perhaps because it felt like there were too many fight scenes and not enough emotionally-hefty scenes. WHY is Ginny so invested in finding her mother? Why does her father ultimately let her go? What compels her to bring the younger brothers? I felt like those got a bit overshadowed by the warring factions in the post-apocalypti
Cherlynn (cherreading)
✨ "Things never end. They just change."

Well, this certainly wasn't what I was expecting. Not in a bad way, just that I thought it would be a more grounded read about disaster survival and maybe the Asian-American experience. But it's actually more geared towards a post-apocalyptic world with... monsters.

Ginny was really rude, annoying and not as street-smart as she thinks she is. I found myself often wishing she would just do as told instead of getting everyone into trouble. Wes and Harry are su
This graphic novel was overly long at more than 300 pages. It did keep me engrossed, though, in the post-apocalyptic world that had destroyed cities and bubbled up criminals and other unwanted characters from underground, literally. But I felt there could have been less space given to the journey that Ginny and the kids took and a little more to life that was before. Ginny's life when her mother was around. Or a little more detail about the big earthquake itself instead of passing references. Af ...more
Sofia Marques
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a dystopian graphic novel about 3 kids who leaves their home and go find their mom in the this destruid and dangerous world. The art it's so simple and so beautiful

I really enjoy this story and i can wait to continue reading it.
AJ Martha
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cute unexpected little gem to help finish out my year of reading (big thank you to Quinn for the early Christmas present)

It’s not perfect, but for the first graphic novel drawn and written by Hill, I’m confident in his ability to expand on what he’s created and keep getting better with future books. The world building and open ended questions at the end are more than enough to keep me around for more.
Farida Reads
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
* Content warnings: physical assault, death, murder, war, torture, cannibalism, absent parent, child negligence, child abuse and blood. *

This graphic novel was just okay. I wanted a story full of adventure, love, cute family moments, action and survival. Nothing much happens in this graphic novel. I can’t even tell you a moment in which I was captivated or intrigued as there wasn’t one – it was just kind of bland. About halfway through I had lost complete interest. It took me a few days to pick
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Jonathan Hill is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist, illustrator, and educator living in Portland, OR.

Some of his clients include the Viet Nam Literature Project, the Willamette Week, Fantagraphics Books, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics,, Lion Forge, The Believer Magazine, and Powell's City of Books.

His first graphic novel, Americus, was published by First Second Books in Fall 2011. It was pi

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