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#19 Midnight Nation by J Michael Straczynski

A couple weeks ago my fiancé told me that I should read Midnight Nation. He compared it to Neverwhere, a book I’ve read recently and really enjoyed. I was skeptical at first. Neverwhere is a very British book, how could this very American story be similar? Once I started, I realized quickly that I had underestimated it. Midnight Nation tells the story what happen to people who have been forgotten by society. They fade from our world, exiting in a bleak shadow of our own universe that is patrolled by monsters. Our protagonist, Los Angeles police officer David Grey, falls into this midnight nation, but not because he’s been forgotten. His very soul has been stolen. Now, lead by a beautiful and mysterious woman named Laurel, he must make a trek to New York City to retrieve his soul, and he has less than a year to do it. If he doesn’t make it in time he will become… well, you’ll just have to read it to find out.

Midnight Nation is an incredibly well written graphic novel that works well on many different levels. On one level it’s a very complicated story about hope and the universe, but it’s also the classic struggle between good and evil. David, a police officer who struggles to do what is right, is a very likeable hero, and his guide Laurel is a well written strong woman. The reader is able to connect with them early on, making this graphic novel very hard to put down. The secondary characters are also well crafted. For example, the author could have taken the easy, more predictable way out by making the antagonist purely evil, but he instead gives him layers. The artwork not cartoonish, but instead has a sketchy realistic quality to it that suits the gritty storyline really well.

Midnight Nation
is highly recommended for people looking for a story with a little meat on it. I also think it’s also a good gateway book for people that are looking to get into graphic novels, as the story is very easy to get into and hard to put down. I highly recommend this.

Rating: five out of five stars
Length: 304 pages
Source: borrowed from roommate
TBR Pile: 150 books
Similar Books: The trek across America aspect reminds me a lot of Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughn. The people falling through the cracks of society aspect is (as my fiancé mentioned) very Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
Other books I've read by this author: None!

I also finished the audiobook of Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire this week. I'll post my review of that a little later.

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Tags: genre: fantasy, genre: fiction, xxx author last name: r-z

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