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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Manga Review: Children of the Whales, Volume 3, by Abi Umeda


Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: VIZ Signature (VIZ Media)
Release Date: March 2018
Volumes: 12+
Spoilers?: Some.
Volume: 1. 2. 4.

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this post-apocalyptic fantasy, a sea of sand swallows everything but the past.

In an endless sea of sand drifts the Mud Whale, a floating island city of clay and magic. In its chambers a small community clings to survival, most dying young from the very powers that sustain them.

The Mud Whale is in dire trouble. In four days, the imperial ap├ítheia soldiers will return to destroy all its inhabitants. But the Committee of Elders would rather kill everyone on board than wait for the “mercy” of the empire, and the fighters of the island will do the elders’ bidding without a second thought. Now Chakuro and the other children are forced by circumstance to rebel against the adults in order to save their home and their lives.

Review:

The children stand up to the committee in their decision to save the island, to stop this while they can. Having one of the allied army there, and seeing Neri possibly sacrifice herself, seems to have put a stop to it.
Afterward, they decide to start training to fight. They know how long they have till the next attack, and they want to defend themselves and fight if they can. During this, is the start of the Sand Festival on the island, a time for them to celebrate and find joy in something after all the devastation.
They strategize, and they use the sand storm to their advantage. Despite the small reprieve we get in the middle of the volume, at the end it's back to the fighting, and the possible impending massacre. It's real bad.
This is an intriguing series, for sure. I'm a little unsure of it, and it's not generally my genre of book, deep in lore and violent. But I'm intrigued by it. And it's very pretty.


 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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