The next step forward in graphic novels for young adults. Critically acclaimed graphic memoirist MariNaomi turns to YA fiction and creates a bold, compassionate, and sci-fi-tinged trilogy.
When Claudia Jones returns to her high school after a mysterious disappearance, she exerts a strange effect on the classmates around her. Meanwhile, her fellow students also struggle with the challenges of regular young-adult life. How should they navigate problems with identity, illness, and consent? Bringing the full possibilities of the graphic novel medium to the page, the author-artist writes and draws every chapter from a different character's point of view in a unique art style.
Immediately after I finished Losing the Girl, the first book of the Life on Earth trilogy, I deemed the follow-up to be one of my most anticipated sequels in a long time. It does not disappoint. Missing prodigy Claudia Jones may be back, but she’s brought with her more questions than answers and a seemingly magnetic pull on some of the players. The rest are still coping with the fallout from their actions in the first book and circumstances beyond their control. There’s still definitely something strange looming in the background, confirmed beyond a doubt when Claudia’s perspective is added to the mix. There’s nothing else quite like this series out there, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.
MariNaomi’s (Losing the Girl, 2018, etc.) attention to life’s uncanny aspects feels more urgent than ever. Eerily good.
Gravity’s Pull ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, and—despite a helpful one-page summary of the first book, for those who missed it—is best read as a masterful installment in an increasingly compelling series.