Amulet, Book 8: Supernova by Kazu Kibuishi
Graphix, 2018. 978-0545828604
Synopsis: Emily has lost control of her Amulet and is imprisoned in the Void, where she must find a way to escape the influence of the Voice. Meanwhile, Emily’s brother, Navin, travels to Lighthouse One, a space station where the Resistance is preparing to battle the approaching Shadow forces that would drain planet Alledia of all its resources. Emily and Navin must be smarter and stronger than ever to ensure Alledia’s survival. – from Amazon.com
Why I picked it up: I’m totally hooked on this series and can’t believe it’s almost concluded!
Why I finished it: What I have loved about Kibuishi’s series is the depth. The world creation, the characters, the settings – there are so many moving pieces that come together in beautiful and almost unexpected ways. Supernova really helps to flesh out the complexity of the relationship between Amulet and Stonekeeper, and just how dangerous it can be when a Stonekeeper gets out of control. As the conflict in Alledia continues to grow, it seems more important than ever for our heroes to stick together to fight back against the shadows that are threatening to overtake the planets. The fantasy element is at its finest in this latest installment, as the readers are introduced to a species of tree with leaves who can clear out heavy pollution, we learn there is a place for Stonekeepers to rest, and there’s even some more space travel. There is a starker contrast to the light and the dark in this volume, both in terms of the coloring and the plot. The reader sees moments of peace and happiness interspersed between the fighting, but it is still hard for us to see how the conflict will end and whether or not a solution will be found. I’m eager to see the fate of Emily, Navin, Trelis, and the others, but I will be more than a little sad to see the story end.
Other related materials: Amulet, Book 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 3: The Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 5: Prince of the Elves by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 6: Escape from Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi; Amulet, Book 7: Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi; Explorer: The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi; Flight Explorer, Volume One edited by Kazu Kibuishi; Zita the Spacegirl graphic novels by Ben Hatke; Cleopatra in Space graphic novels by Mike Maihack; Babymouse graphic novels by Jennifer L. Holm & Matt Holm; Bone graphic novels by Jeff Smith; Missile Mouse books by Jake Parker; The Secret Science Alliance books by Eleanor Davis; Dragonbreath books by Ursula Vernon; Big Nate books by Lincoln Pierce; Chickenhare by Chris Grine; Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot graphic novels by Dav Pilkey, illustrated by Dan Santat