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On a Sunbeam Paperback – October 2, 2018
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“Magnificent.” ―The New Yorker
“Walden creates the intoxicating effect of a universe as mysterious as our real one.” ―The Atlantic
“Phenomenal . . . Utterly mesmerizing . . . A remarkable, stunning comic.” ―Booklist, starred review
“This masterful blend of science fiction–inflected school drama, road trip, and adventure is nothing less than marvelous.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A stunning interpretation of interstellar life . . . Bound to be a sci-fi favorite, especially for teens who also appreciated Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay." ―School Library Journal, starred review
"On A Sunbeam is an intimate, cosmic, and sometimes deeply funny work of art that is hopefully not the last glimpse of Walden’s science fantasy world." ―VOYA Magazine, starred review
“Both gently romantic and heartbreaking, the story ultimately celebrates love and the importance of chosen family. An affirming love story.” ―Kirkus
“Watching Mia and Grace rekindle their love against the backdrop of a bleak, mystifying universe is deeply satisfying.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“[A] pageturning and profoundly moving read.” ―Horn Book
“Tillie Walden is the future of comics, and On a Sunbeam is her best work yet. It’s a ‘space' story unlike any you’ve ever read, with a rich, lived-in universe of complex characters.” –Brian K. Vaughan, Saga series and Paper Girls
“On a Sunbeam is a rare treat. It’s both a slow-burn romance and a found-family space opera adventure with an engaging cast of characters. But it’s the world building that really stands out, with a blend of SF and fantasy in a gloriously strange setting that is so brilliantly original I have no idea how to describe it. I enjoyed every bit of it.” ―Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries and The Books of the Raksura
“Enthralling, beautiful, and compelling. I couldn't put this down.” ―Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice
“On A Sunbeam strikes a magical balance between trippy and tangible, heartbreaking and hilarious. It was so easy to curl up in the art and lose myself in the story.” ―Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
- Lexile measure : GN210L
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 2.4 pounds
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250178138
- ISBN-10 : 1250178134
- Dimensions : 6.16 x 1.64 x 8.53 inches
- Publisher : First Second; 1st Edition (October 2, 2018)
- Reading level : 12 - 18 years
- Language: : English
Best Sellers Rank:
#42,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #72 in Teen & Young Adult Gay & Lesbian Fiction
- #120 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy Comics
- #1,293 in LGBT Books
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The tale opens with Mia joining the crew of a spaceship that repairs and renovates damaged structures floating in space, before flashing back five years to her time at an elite boarding school. These two sub-plots are interconnected in some very interesting ways, mostly because of new-girl-at-school Grace, who Mia meets and befriends when both land in detention on the first day. To say much more than that would spoil this inventive and wonderfully told tale.
The art illustrating this story is beautiful, at times surreal and whimsical – those floating buildings, spaceships that look like fish, and no male characters, for example – but the emotions and actions of the characters are clear and compelling. While the story would be still be great told as a prose novel, the accompanying artwork adds so much to the reader's emotional attachment to the story and characters – the hallmark of a great graphic novel or comic.
And On a Sunbeam is, in my opinion, truly great.
The characters are all well thought out, and wonderfully explored.
The artwork is unique and beautiful. Like a dream.
The story and artwork combine for a dreamlike experience.
I enjoyed every second of this read and it stuck with me for days after.
It goes without saying that the aesthetics of the graphics is absolutely stunning. Apart from the visual aspects of the story, the dialogues and the relationships between the characters are beautifully crafted. Char, Alma, Jules, Ell, Mia, Grace, etc. all have distinct personalities, and the fierce bond between them? It warmed my heart, and I felt so much love everywhere.
Thank you, Tillie, for releasing this amazing work for everyone to enjoy. It is truly ambrosia for the souls.
Top reviews from other countries
O traço e o jeito que Tillie Walden usa as cores é impressionante e tem uma capacidade de transmitir emoções única. Tudo é muito autêntico, desde as expressões nos rostos dos personagens, o jeito que eles falam, como se relacionam entre si e com o mundo ao redor. E que mundo interessante!
Eu amo o fato desse livro ter uma sólida representatividade LGBTQI, com muito destaque para o "L" e para o "I". Quão melhor seria se uma adolescente lésbica pudesse ter apenas os problemas inerentes à adolescência.
Melhor livro do ano até agora. Leiam!!
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