Banned Book Club – Book Review

The title on this teen graphic novel caught my eye. As an avid reader and supporter of the First Amendment and Free Speech, I’m acutely aware of how important it is to allow books to be available for dicussion and critical thinking development.

Plus, let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good graphic novel?

This book is set in South Korea in the 1980s and the political climate at the time. It doesn’t appear excessively biased, although it does show the rebellion from the perspective of college students who are challenging the status quo.. There are some disjointed story themes, but overall I think the authors do a good job of presenting real social issues while keeping the reader engaged.

The art in the book is evocative and appropriate. Nothing too graphic or gross. It isn’t “eye candy” like some graphic novels, but it works. It is drawn in black and white.


A scene from the book

I learned a few things about South Korean history that I didn’t know, and that in and of iteslf was worthwhile. I’ve read books about the oppressive regime in North Korea, but was unaware of some of the historical challenges in South Korea.

Definitely a good read. Easy, interesting, and creates curiousity in the topic. I will likely be more interested in reading further about those places and times.

Four out of five stars.



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