Odessa

Jonathan Hill. Oni, $19.99 paper (328) ISBN 978-1-6201-0789-8
Eight years ago, Virginia “Ginny” Crane found her life upended: her mother abandoned the family, and an earthquake, “the Big One,” tore the western U.S. asunder. Now, Vietnamese American Ginny lives with her father, Gregory, and her brothers, Wes and Harry, in this nearly postapocalyptic world: everyday technology such as cell phones may be gone, but mail carriers use a scanner to verify the DNA of mail recipients; North vs. South mentalities are replaced by West vs. East; and cannibals created by Jinx Root, a new plant that can heal those near death at the cost of their sanity, harass survivors. When Ginny receives a package for her 18th birthday, she embarks on an emotional odyssey to San Francisco to find her mother, Odessa, accompanied by her stowaway brothers. Their journey becomes rife with obstacles as they navigate competing gangs and their own sibling rivalry. Reconnections with friends, including a girl who has a long-standing crush on Ginny, buoy her along the way. Making his #OwnVoices debut, cartoonist Hill fully realizes the destroyed world in two-toned art, and packed layouts deliver consistently strong, emotive reactions from the cast. Ginny’s skillfully laid transformation as she bonds with her brothers is an impactful contrast to the harsh, sometimes unforgiving world in this powerful graphic novel. Ages 13–17. Agent: Alex Slater, Trident Media Group. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 10/15/2020
Release date: 11/01/2020
Genre: Children's
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