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They're Not Like Us Volume 1: Black Holes for the Young (Theyre Not Like Us Tp) Paperback – July 21, 2015
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The art is acceptable, but nothing outstanding.
The series didn't leave me with enough interest to continue reading.
Some may enjoy this, but I did not. If you're in to caped or spandex superheroes with fantastic powers, this likely won't be for you either.
Syd is a telepath who is being driven insane by the voices in her head. When she is hospitalized after a suicide attempt, she is visited in the hospital by others with strange talents and given the opportunity to join them and learn more about her abilities. With the promise of learning to control her telepathy, Syd agrees. But the more she learns about the people she is living with, the less sure she wants to be one of them, particularly when she learns that violence is a way of life for the entire group.
Basically, this volume introduces Syd and the other main characters and establishes their world. Along with Syd, the reader learns how this misfit group of powered people lives and functions—or doesn’t—in a society that has largely rejected them; unsurprisingly, they have met that rejection with hostility. At the end of the book, though, Syd chooses a different path, setting the stage for conflict, and more interesting stories, in future volumes.
I wasn’t blown away by what was presented here, but I’m going to have to try the second volume in the series to see whether or not the story picks up now that the basics have been established.
An ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
The Voice instructs the girl on some of the rules of the house (a house that they simply took [because they can]) which includes being given a new name and never using the old name and killing your own family in order to not having any ties to a previous life that can be used against you. The girl, Syd, while not having a strong attachment to her parents, isn't sure about the idea of actually killing them.
It turns out that despite the faithfully following of The Voice, there is a lot of discomfort and discontent among the misfits. The Voice would like to simply get rid of Syd, but his closest friend in the group is a clairvoyant and insists that Syd stays with the group in the future that she can see.
Despite being only 138 pages long I went from liking the book to disliking the book to really liking it, to hating it, and back again. It's clear that author Eric Stephenson is pushing some boundaries while taking some typical teen angst toward parents and pushing those feelings to the edge (and then some). And perhaps as someone well beyond those teen years I can't quite relate and it makes me a little uneasy.
There is, however, a nice message in here, behind the 'emo' and angst of the teens. There is the message that even if you get out of a bad situation you have to guard against being taken advantage of. That it still takes strength to stand up for yourself. In some ways, this message is too obvious, but again, that may be the 'well-beyond-teen' in me.
The art by Simon Gane and Jordie Bellaire works very nicely. It is consistent and easy to look at, with a slightly stylized look. I think that this would go over very well with the intended target audience. I wasn't overwhelmed with awe by it, but I never once found it distracting.
Overall, I give this a thumbs up, though there were definitely times that I wasn't enjoying the read.
Looking for a good book? The graphic novel <em>They're Not Like Us, Volume 1</em> is a good read for a YA audience.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.