I may have never picked up Stephen McCraine's Space Boy if its sequel hadn't been left on the desk awaiting pickup by a patron. Curious, i paged through it and was intrigued enough by the story to track down part 1. And it was totally awesome!
The story centers on Amy, who lives with her parents in a mining colony in deep space. She has synthesia, which causes her to assign a flavor to each person she encounters. For the most part, she's happy. But then her world is shaken up: Her father loses his job and her family must move to Earth. This journey will take 30 years, so Amy and her parents are cryogenicly frozen for the trip. When they arrive, nothing is as Amy imagined. Not only must she adjust to the ultimate culture shock, but the knowledge that everyone back 'home' have aged 30 years while she is still a teenager. Mind blowing! But after a few humorous blunders, Amy makes friends and begins to adjust to life on Earth. Until she encounters a mysterious boy whose presence has no flavor. This is a first for Amy. Her friends warn her to stay away from him. He's bad news, they say. But Amy is curious...
The first volume of Space Boy was so good! Amy is a character everyone can relate to. Not because of the Deep Space thing, but because who hasn't had to make a BIG adjustment at some point in their lives? Whether moving away to attend college or starting a new job or even making the transition from middle school to high school. Change is an inevitable thing, and this first issue is about one such journey.
I absolutely recommend this! And I can't wait to read the rest of the series! --AJB