By Benji Lee
By Benji Lee
Category: Teen & Young Adult Fiction
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A surprisingly melancholy tale of a dog, raccoon and a deer left behind to scavenge food after a human apocalypse. […] Lee’s creating a nice tension by setting her funny-animal-comix against the bleakly beautiful backdrop of an empty, semi-ruined suburbia.
Both readers inhabiting economically depressed communities and those comfortably distanced from them will shudder as they plod alongside this deteriorating group of increasingly edgy friends. […] Grim, deeply affecting, and timely.
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
A simple yet absorbing tale of friendship and survival in a postapocalyptic world. […] Lee’s expansive universe of anthropomorphic animals comes alive through her spare use of detail: her verbal worldbuilding gives readers just enough information about animal society and what came before to spark the imagination, and vivid, expressive cartooning fills in the gaps. The result is a quiet, heartbreaking new installment in what promises to be a tremendously imaginative serial.
—Publisher’s Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
Contemporary fiction is full of postapocalyptic stories, but Lee’s sly comic, about animals left behind after humans disappear, stands apart. […] The ample depth of feeling and intriguing backstory are in captivating complement to Lee’s artwork?against saturated, jewel-toned backgrounds of the ravaged landscape, her cartoonish, stylized animals, with their slouching tube socks and churlish attitudes, have a lighthearted, almost playful look.
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
Bright colors and bouncy drawings carry this story of friendship, trust, and fear. […] it’s a bite-sized treat of a book.
—The Comics Journal
Lee’s superb world-building immediately answers any questions new readers may have about the setting, and each character is expressive and endearing […] Only a cold-hearted reader wouldn’t root for these precious, punk animal teens immediately.
—Women Write About Comics
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