Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Monstress : Volume 1, Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda   202 pages

This story is set in an alternate 1900s Asia, in a world that's matriarchal and has a steampunk/art deco feel.  The main character has survived a war and now shares a psychic link with a monster of immense power, which puts both herself and the monster in danger.

Admittedly, I found myself a bit distracted by the art in this book and having to read pages more than once. The story drops you into this world without much explanation, so it's like watching a beautiful movie and coming in to it after it's started --- you kind of get the story, but it's easy to find yourself admiring the setting or costumes and having to bring yourself back to the storyline.  I did like that the author gave the story the historical twist of imagining a different society, with women in power and guiding all of the political machinations.

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