Friday, November 11, 2011

Defiance (Resistance Book 2) by Carla Jablonski & Leland Purvis -OPTIONAL

Jablonski, Carla and Purvis, Leland Defiance (Resistance Book 2), 128pgs. First Second, 2011. $12.74. (Language-G, Violence- PG; Sexual Content-G.)
Paul and his family live in Nazi occupied France during World War II. Rather than remain powerless, they each fight back in their own way, taking part in the Resistance. Even though he is just a young boy, Paul has been posting his own political commentary via his drawings around town. His older sister is getting involved in her own right, by romancing information out of a German soldier. Eventually things come to a head when the siblings find out a Resistance food drop might become a Nazi trap. Can they find the Resistance group that hides in the woods and warn them in time?
This is a second book in a series, and I don’t believe it can function as a stand alone. There is a lot going on that was probably laid out well in the first book, but only serves to be overwhelming without it. Also confusing was the artwork depicting female characters, all the women looked like the same stressed out person to me – they were hard to tell apart. I think this is a unique perspective, told from the point of view of French Youth in France, and the graphic novel presentation is perfect timing. My advice is to wait for the third concluding book, and buy the entire series.
MS, HS – OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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