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Annotation: Sixteen-year-old Jo, a maintenance technician in an underground society, makes a massive error during a routine repair and to set things right, must journey above ground, to a dangerous area swarming with alien life.
Catalog Number: #186817
Format: Library Binding
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Bogosian, Harry,
Pages: 200 pages
Availability: Out of Print
ISBN: 1-512-44589-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-512-44589-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018038299
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Josephine, born and raised in the Core, is now one of the employee-citizens responsible for keeping the Core running. It's not an easy task, thanks to a disintegrating infrastructure and a chronic lack of resources. When she makes a mistake on a job that causes a system failure, Josephine goes topside in an effort to obtain the material she needs to make the repair. Teaming up with a couple of con artists and bounty hunters, Josephine and her new compatriots race to find a hidden cache of supplies, with agents from the Core hot on their trails. Half the fun of this story is following the characters to their final destination. As quest stories go, the world building in this one is impressive. Both Topside and the Core feel fully realized, with wordless panels full of imaginative creatures, a diverse cast of expressive characters, and strong, evocative colors doing much of the storytelling. A dystopian sf graphic novel perfect for readers new to the genre.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 -Josephine Wilson is a busy mechanic responsible for maintaining the mechanical systems that her community needs to survive. Jo and her family live in the interior of the planet, where everything is run by a society called the Core; the surface is said to be a wasteland. When she accidentally leaves something behind on a repair job and causes additional damage, she attempts to fix the problem before it can be discovered. She forges an authorization to retrieve raw materials from the surface of the planet and ventures Topside. Her transgression is noticed by a young agent for the Core, who sets out to bring her back. A motley crew of bizarre characters, including a walking, talking shark and a lightbulb wearing a bow tie, help and hinder her quest. Navigating this dangerous and unpredictable path requires the skills of each member of the group. Jo learns that she is uniquely qualified to fix her world but that she can't do it alone. Monk has crafted a surreal yet warm tale of a young heroine coming into her own. Bogosian's fully saturated, at times chaotic panels are most compelling when directly accompanied by Monk's narration; without these textual cues, readers may have a difficult time determining which way is up. VERDICT This compelling, offbeat journey will resonate with future Douglas Adams fans.-Jennifer Costa, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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School Library Journal (10/1/19)
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 7-12

A wild outer-space fantasy about fixing your mistakes and the friends you meet along the way. When Jo, a headstrong maintenance technician, makes an error that destabilizes her planet's core, she only knows one way to fix things: leaving her underground home for a trip to the planet's dangerous, unruly surface. Soon she's wandering through deserts, riding on the backs of giant beasts, and cutting deals with con artists and bounty hunters. Meanwhile, agents of the core are in hot pursuit. J. N. Monk and Harry Bogosian (co-creators of the web-comic StarHammer) present a wild outer-space fantasy about fixing your mistakes and the friends you meet along the way.

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