Title: The Sacrifice of Darkness
Author: Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, Rebecca Kirby, James Fenner
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction,
Age: Young Adult, Adult
Page Count: 128
Publication Date: October 27, 2020
Publisher: Archaia (BOOM! Studios)
Themes: Friendship, Romance, Oppression, Science, Grudges,
“When I was a young girl, my husband’s father flew an air machine into the sun. Since then, the days have been dark, the nights bright.”
Follow one woman’s powerful journey through this new landscape as she discovers love, family, and the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any. As she challenges notions of identity, guilt, and survival she’ll find that no matter the darkness, there remains sources of hope that can pierce the veil.
Thank you to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for an eARC of this title.
I didn’t know what to expect when I first started reading this graphic novel and it did surprise me. The story is much sadder than I expected, but also hopeful. We are following the family of a man who everyone hates and the ramifications of this one man’s actions. This story really highlights how small towns can hold a grudge against an entire family for something one person did. It looks at the anger and resentment, as well as the irrational fear that everyone related to someone who commits an act will be the same.
This is absolutely a wonderful graphic novel, though it is heartbreaking in some places. It is not the fun and upbeat graphic novels I tend to gravitate toward, but I do recommend it for those interested in sci-fi and family stories.
Rating: 2.5/5 Stars