Yesterday's book was based on historical events. Today's centers around an alternate future and falls under one of my favorite genres, Science Fiction.
The premise of Joe Henderson's new graphic novel series, Skyward, is what happens after the Earth's gravity is suddenly reduced to a fraction of what we know it to be. Sounds cool, right? Being able to fly through the air with the greatest of ease, not unlike Superman... But what about being sucked into the vacuum of space and not being able to control it? Doesn't sound so fantastic anymore, does it?
Willa was only a baby when G-Day happened. Her mother, who was out for a jog when things went haywire, was lost...sucked up into the sky. Her father, who witnessed the event from the safety of the family home but was powerless to do anything about it lest he meet the same fate, has never been the same. Now, 20 years later, the world is a different place. Magnetized technology is available to the elite, while the majority of society must rely on weighted belts and other, less dignified methods, to keep from flying into the sky.
But Willa's father and his former partner, Roger Barrow, know what caused the Earth's gravity to do what it did...AND they know how to restore it, and society, to what it was before G-Day. Willa goes in search of Barrow, who has made a fortune on Magnetized gear. She hopes that if he and her father partner up once more, they can fix the planet. But Barrow, she learns, has much to lose from returning things to how they were. Too much to lose. And he will do anything to stop Willa's plan.
I first heard about Skyward months ago but forgot about it until I saw it on the New Books shelf this morning. I'm always game for a story with a unique and interesting premise, and this one fit the bill perfectly. Naturally, since this is a series, things left off on a pretty big cliffhanger. I look forward to reading the next volume, which, happily, has already been published.