Since I finished these two books within 24 hours of each other, I thought it would be a good idea to write up two mini-reviews for them. Woo! We’ll go ahead and start with the one I finished first, Code Name Verity.
Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.
This book was recommended to me by multiple people. I even had it featured on one of my posts about books I bought but hadn’t read yet. I was afraid it would either be so great that I’d need the second book immediately or it wouldn’t live up to the hype and I’d be disappointed. It definitely didn’t live up to the hype for me.
Split into two parts, we get two points of view. I expected this huge amazing story and I found the first half to be boring. I know, I know. We’re listening to our main character fighting through interrogation and we’re learning her backstory. I can’t even pinpoint why I was bored; I just was. I really enjoyed the second half, though. It was the second half of the book I couldn’t put down. Once we start to see the intricacies of the two stories, I started to care about the characters. Unfortunately, certain character deaths just left me feeling like:
And then I moved on. There was no uncontrollable sobbing, no faux tears, no big exclamations. Nothing. Some parts made me say, “Ooooohhh,” when there was a big “Ah-ha!” moment, but that was the most physical reaction I got from it. I did like the ending, and I even liked how a certain character died. I don’t think s/he would have wanted it any other way (and I’m writing it like this to keep it spoiler free).
Now on to Saga. From Amazon:
Saga is the story of Hazel, a child born to star-crossed parents from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war. Now, Hazel’s fugitive family must risk everything to find a peaceful future in a harsh universe that values destruction over creation.
First of all, that summary doesn’t even come close to describing this series. Hazel’s parents are from two different planets, Landfall and Wreath, who have been at war with each other for as long as anyone can remember. Saga follows them as they’re being hunted for doing nothing other than loving each other. Both of these two, Marko and Alana, are beautifully written (and drawn) characters.
New and interesting species and creatures are imagined in this series, some of which I have a hard time trying to understand (like the robot people who reproduce the way humans do). This was the book that had me almost in tears, laughing out loud, grinning like an idiot from the cuteness of these two idiots and more. It kind of feels like Game of Thrones because you think everyone is dead or dying. I couldn’t count how many times I would sit there after reading a chapter like:
Then I’d read the next chapter and be all:
Of course characters have to die; the story takes place during a war and our main characters are fugitives. While I hated having saying good-bye to some people, I understood why it had to be done. Maybe I’m weird, but I rarely get emotional with people’s deaths in books. It really didn’t affect me at all when Dumbledore died, but it hit me hard when Sirius did. I guess it really depends on the circumstance of death; if a person is a soldier, okay, I expect that. If they’re accidentally hit, that’s when the feels hit me hard. It’s even worse in graphic novels because there’s rarely a warning that somebody is going to die. Many times a character will be having a conversation and the next panel will have their head gone or a bullet wound through their body. It sends a shock through you, and it’s why I love visual literature.
If you’re a fan of graphic novels (or even if you aren’t), I highly suggest picking this up. Marko and Alana and Hazel Izabel and Lying Cat (LYING CATTTTT) and so many others make this one of the best graphic novels/comics I have ever read, second only to Rat Queens (because it’s the fucking Rat Queens, come on).
Saga gets five big wormies.
Have you read any of these? Do you plan on picking them up soon? (YOU TOTALLY SHOULD). If you’ve read them did you like them as much or more than I did? Let me know in the comments!