“A tragic event forever bathes the world in darkness. Follow a woman and a man’s powerful journey through this new landscape as they discover love, family and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. As they challenge the world’s notions of identity, guilt and survival, they find that no matter the darkness, there remain sources of hope that can pierce the veil.”
I got an ARC of this book.
I am going to admit something that I am ashamed of: this is my very first Roxane Ray piece. I have heard so many wonderful things and I keep saying that I am going to grab something by her every time I go to the library or her work pops up in my feed on Goodreads. Still haven’t done it.
The art is gorgeous. It took me a few pages to get used to it, but after that I really couldn’t image any changes that could be made to make it better. The light and dark, the faces, the everything is just amazing. I love how well the story and art pair together. Neither overpowers the other.
The story! So I knew I should expect something great, but this was just amazing. It wasn’t necessarily about a physical light source, but more about the greed and dehumanizing of the working class. It was about how the light went out for people that were used for profit. It was about so much more than just what was shown. It was wonderful. It is something that hit really hard. It made me think about how much of my world was destroyed by the greed of the holiday season when I worked retail. The company did not care that I had a life as long as there were bodies in the store to ring up sales. I was no longer a person. It is not as intense as mining for 16 hours, but the idea is still there. The greed of some can destroy the lives of many.
There is also the element of the poor being punished for the greed of the rich. The demand for a blood sacrifice was so infuriating. It fit so well and it made no damn sense at the same time. It was the best detail. This is very much the issue with climate change and health care wrapped up so nicely.
This story could be read just as it is, but there is so much under the surface that is not hidden at all. I am not one to go into themes and the real meaning behind books. This was just that obvious, but not heavy handed. I loved this story. I really shouldn’t have waited this long to read Roxane Gay.
5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book.
You can buy the book here.