Mara by Brian Wood

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Mara by Brian Wood (2012-2013)

Series: Mara #1-#6

32 pages

Goodreads Summary: Young Mara Prince is at the top of the world, a global celebrity in a culture that prizes physical achievement above all else. After she manifests supernatural abilities on live TV, she becomes famous all over again but for the worst reasons.

Integrating themes of superpowers, celebrity worship, corporate power, feminism, and political brinksmanship, Mara takes a classic genre to new places.

The plot of this book is what really drew me to it. I was curious to see how the story would play out and what the main message was behind the events of the story.  It’s a very unique story in that the celebrities are athletes instead of movie stars.  Young children attend sport camps at a young age in the hopes of growing up to be like Mara Prince.

However, when she suddenly discovers supernatural powers, everyone turns against her. She is suddenly infamous and everyone wants to know what’s going on, why things are happening to her, and what’s going to happen.  There are also other people interested in using her abilities and she is suddenly unsure where to turn.

The first few books I found really interesting and I was absorbed in the story, thinking it was heading in a certain direction.  The last few books though took it in another direction altogether and I can’t say it really had a strong impact on me.  I felt like the ending was quite vague and the story could have been developed more and given much more depth.

Still, a really original and fun little graphic novel series.  If you’re looking for something new and refreshing, consider picking this one up.  You might like it much better than I did.

My Rating: 3-4 stars

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