Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin who Ignited World War I 32 pgs Graphic Universe (Lerner), 2015. $12.00 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 Violence: PG13 GRAPHIC NOVEL
This is the story of Gavrilo Princip, assassin of the Archduke
Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914. Not very much is known about him or his
motives, so the author fills in the blanks. Gavrilo was from a village in Serbia and
was unsuccessful in school, instead falling in with a crowd of malcontents,
revolutionaries, and some would call terrorists. It is thought that the
assassination he did was what set off World War I.
This is a very long, very dark, very confusing graphic novel. Because
of the art style and the darkness, I could hardly tell the characters apart.
There is some assumption of background knowledge surrounding this region and
its politics, so I was completely at a loss with why these men were so unhappy
and how they were being subjugated. The big bad event that set off a death toll
in the millions, was anti-climactic since there wasn’t enough information for
me to understand exactly why and how that set off World War I. Just not enough information to help a high school student understand the complexity of World War I.
HS – NO Reviewer:
Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.