January 21, 2013

Book Review: The Massive

By Brian Wood
Genre: Action, Adventure
Ages: Teen, Mature 

The story behind "The Massive" is definitely one that plays on the fears of practically all the world. With everyone really bringing environmental issues to the forefront, The Massive is like a window into what could happen. Okay maybe not that extreme, but really who knows what could happen when "mother nature" actually says enough and tries to get rid of us like a bad rash. In the book the world is left under water with the oceans polluted, not that far from the present. It's action packed with everyone in the story taking on the, "every man for themselves" mentality. Seriously who can blame them with the world's largest nations under water and everything in shambles.

You follow a group on a boat called, "The Kapital" and they're in search for their sister ship, "The Massive". Everyone on both ships are activist trying to fix the world after the devastation. The story moves pretty fast back and forth between different characters and settings. This was my only issue as it lost me a couple times. Sometimes a certain character was in one chapter and the next they were missing, then back to being in the next chapter. The drawing style is highly stylized with sharp bright colors and highly detailed illustrations. The characters are really well thought out and seem real and relevant.

It was jam packed with adventure and action, which is why I gave it a teen/mature rating. There is quite a bit of violence with shoot-outs, etc. The environmental issues brought out in this book were not lost on me. The simple fact is that this could be our future. That fact makes this story that much more real. Don't let the fact that it is a graphic novel throw you off! The Massive is a great read and would definitely add to your book collection.

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to do a review courtesy of Netgalley, all opinions are my own and no further compensation was given.