Author: Xu, Ru
Blue arrives in the capital city of Altalus, where she is determined to find her friend Crow. But soon she is inadvertently kidnapped by the enemy and is taken on a dangerous adventure that brings them to the front lines of the war. In graphic novel format.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.00
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 502350
School Library Journal (+) (03/01/19)
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School Library Journal - 03/01/2019 Gr 4–6—Fans of Xu's Newsprints will be delighted to see the characters back for this sequel. The countries of Goswing and Grimmaea are still at war, and Blue is trying to rescue her friend Crow, the war machine. She learns that he is being used to command a new generation of war machines, but she is captured by twins from the other side of the war before she can save him. Other favorite characters appear alongside newcomers, including twin kings and a blind teenage queen. This book delves deeply into the theme of gender as Blue discusses her choice to wear "boys' clothes," even though she no longer hides her identity, with a newly introduced transgender character. Another key issue is the cost and reasons for war, which are argued effectively by both sides but ultimately lead to a peace settlement. The full-color art is reminiscent of manga and feels almost retro, an effective mash-up for this steampunk-esque story. As in the first entry, the cast is engaging and the adventures are fast-paced (kidnapping, air battles, ground battles on live volcanoes, and more), though this title adds more depth to the world and characters. VERDICT Exceeding the promise of the earlier installment, this is a can't-miss offering.—Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2019 Picking up from her previous adventure, NewsPrints (2017), scrappy newsgirl heroine Blue travels to a country on the brink of war to rescue her friend Crow, a boy used against his will to power a terrifying weapon. Those new to the series will probably get lost, as there is no recap and the context clues are scant at times, but readers who loved Xu's series opener will definitely be right at home, as the stakes are raised even higher, and the already impressive world is fleshed out in even more detail. Xu has taken the best trappings of manga, from tragic backstories to emotional monologues, and turned them into a high-interest, kid-friendly package. Her artwork is just as spot-on, complete with epic battles, over-the-top facial expressions, and stylish figure designs. The warm color palette greatly adds to the mood, as well, creating a look that highlights the 1920s-inspired designs and truly makes the characters pop to life. Budding manga fans will appreciate this action-rich series set in a compelling world. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.