A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Twists and turns abound in Lisa Naffziger’s teen suspense thriller." FOREWORD
Beck is on her way to college, thrilled at the possibilities of the next exciting chapter, barely holding it in as she clutches her childhood favorite toy in the family car with her loving dad behind the wheel. And that’s where Beck’s shared experience with the rest of her freshman class abruptly ends and the tangled mysteries of her astonishing life start to unravel. Homeschooled and raised in isolation by the jumpy, over-protective Gill, Beck isn’t allowed online or out of the house alone. Even a quick pit stop on their quiet family road trip takes some negotiation before they finally pull into a remote gas station, where their cautiously stable peace is jolted by gunfire. Beck emerges from the restroom to find her father gone and a dead body on the floor. Beck is in the world now, and she’s beyond not ready for it.
A taut suspense thriller that challenges our perceptions of family and identity, MINUS is a coming-of-age tale where a teen’s new discoveries might be best kept in the shadows.
|Publisher:||Iron Circus Comics|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
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Damn, the opening of this graphic novel is great. It begins with a mystery, and throws the main character into danger by the third page. We start off only knowing that Beck is home schooled, and that her father is very protective of her. From there we go on a ride that is so full of weird coincidences it would have made Charles Dickens happy. Without giving too much away, it is determined that Beck knows that her father is not her "real" father, but that it just seems to be one of those things that adults do from time to time. My only problem, and it is a major one, is that the first half of the book is trying to build up to the conclusion, but as we get closer to the answers, everything collapses into itself, and we get a rushed explanation of what is going on. It is almost as though the author ran out of pages. So while the story gripped me, in the beginning, as we approached the ending I was having a hard time keeping track of all the players. And the ending left me with more questions. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.