Rating: 3.5 stars
The world population was nearly decimated almost 20 years ago by a parasitic fungal outbreak. Ellie, a 13 year old girl is sent to a military boarding school for her own protection. Here, she meets Riley, who has her own ideas of wanting to visit the outside world.
For those of your gamers, you might recognize the origin of this piece in the award winning game “The Last of us” which tells Ellie’s story – among others. If you aren’t the book will probably have less meaning to you, although – its still an interesting story. I was not familiar with the game, and enjoyed it. I did however feel that there could have been more, and perhaps the “more” I wanted exists within the game itself.
I continue to be impressed with Hick’s artwork – which is the main reason I picked this graphic up. I will continue to follow her work as it never disappoints.
Recommendations: Anyone whose had association with the game – I’m sure you’ll find something here worth taking away. If you’re looking for a zombie-esque graphic, this will do fine, but since it shares its story, it leaves you feeling a little unfulfilled and wanting more. There’s a bit of violence, so don’t give it to your sensitive kids, but its generally safe for middle grade.