Friday, September 22, 2017

Fiction Friday (57)

I've returned from a brief stint across the pond, and on the return flight, I was without child and had time to finish reading the graphic novel I'd been reading between fits of James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake. In the coming weeks, I will be posting many more Fiction Friday's as I attempt to plow through 20 YA novels for the course I'm taking this quarter. So look forward to many more thoughts on a genre that I should, repeat should, know a lot about. Enjoy. 

To Terra: Volume One by Keiko Takemiya
(Vertical, 2007)

In the unspecified future, the home planet of human beings which has been renamed Terra, became inhabitable. The air was polluted, fish could no longer swim in the oceans or rivers, trees would no longer grow, and non-degradable toxins had built up underground. Humans searched the far reaches of space for a new home, but were never able to find a new Terra. Eventually they came to the conclusion that Terra wasn't the problem, humans were. The decision was made to reform humanity and a system was put in place to raise humans in a new way.

Having handed control of humanity's course over to a computer called "Mother", children are born in test tubes and raised by designated parents. They are given an ideal and loving upbringing until the age of 14. It is at that point when all children must undergo the maturity evaluation. Those who pass have the majority of their memories erased and are sent to an educational space-station to complete their preparation to return to Terra. By the opening of this epic science-fiction graphic novel, there are rumblings of discontent in this seemingly perfect system.

In the first volume of this trilogy from Keiko Takemiya, two storylines emerge, destined for a collision as the series progresses. Conflict between the Mu (human mutants with telepathic powers) and humans over control of Terra and the fate of humanity has begun with both sides being led by charismatic young leaders determined to secure the safety of their way of life. Outstanding art helps prop up this story whose text is a little too vague at times.

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