by Anthony Cleveland
Ages from 13 to 16 years
Aliens. drugs. Government secrets. Podcast host obsessed with flying objects holds a gun. Imminent planetary death. When you stack Anthony Cleveland and Antonio Fuso items عناصر stargazerLooks like the hot topics on the subreddit for conspiracy theories. In fact, the same power that can be used for anything that occupies these corners of the Internet also flows through the graphic novel’s opening pages. In one case, a group of kids are enjoying a night out, in the next, BBRRRUUM, giant letters cover the scene and friends are transported to a water tower. Moments later, Kenny, the youngest in the group, falls off the hull after literally reaching for the stars. Others aren’t quite sure what happened, but Kenny is adamant that the “people of heaven” took them. To the horror of his friends and family, Kenny’s fascination with aliens turns frenzy. It is never the same.
After 20 years, Kenny again became the object of group attention. This time, however, it was lost. His sister Shay gathers friends together in an attempt to find him, and Bing’s journey begins between encounters with the US government, an extraterrestrial life force, and the most harrowing events of the past. stargazer It’s two parts science fiction and one part horror — with a dash of mystery. Cleveland’s narrative moves powerfully, and Fosso’s vivid, noir-style illustrations match the tenacity of the story at every turn. stargazer A quick read, but it’s also slow to burn. Like a computer trying to process a large file, I spent the days after finishing the book thinking about every plot point. In the end, though, I still go back to the first thing I felt when I finished it: utter bewilderment. –Paul Sarconi