Thursday, December 27, 2018

Manga Review: Astra Lost in Space, Volume 4, by Kenta Shinohara

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: September 2018
Volumes: 5.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Can eight teenagers find their way home from 5,000 light-years away?

It’s the year 2063, and interstellar space travel has become the norm. Eight students from Caird High School and one child set out on a routine planet camp excursion. While there, the students are mysteriously transported 5,000 light-years away to the middle of nowhere! Will they ever make it back home?!

After crashing on planet Icriss, all seems lost for the crew of the Astra. That is, until they discover another Astra hidden on the planet—and there’s a woman in cryogenic sleep inside! Will this new Astra be the ark that saves group B-5 from their despair?


I haven't read the previous volumes of this series, so I'm not sure what led up to this point for the characters. But they definitely get a revelation in this one.
The group of characters end up on a new planet, with their ship wrecked, not knowing where they are or how to get back on their way home. On this new planet, they discover another ship exactly like theirs, with another human frozen, and decide to bring her along. It's a discovery for them, and it leads them to test two of their own members, and leads to a revolutionary discovery about their own origins.
And then we get an even bigger surprise for the Earthling on board.
Given that I don't know all the backstory here, these revelations probably weren't as big for me as other readers, but even then they seemed quite big. They're crazy concepts.
I enjoyed a few of the characters in this volume. I liked the sweet moments between Quitterie and Zack, and I appreciated the diversity thrown in by Luca. I probably would like this series if I followed it all the way. Even for a non-science reader like me, it was a good read.

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

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