I really can’t believe I’m reviewing my 52nd book of 2018, because I never thought I’d get here. 2018 was a slog, y’all. The funny thing is, I thought it was because I hadn’t read that many great books this year, but that wasn’t true at all–I could barely find a one least favorite for the CBR wrapup post because I had enjoyed almost everything I read. I just couldn’t get into writing the reviews this year. Luckily, I am extremely competitive with myself, and since I cannonballed the past 2 years there was no way I was going to let this year slip away from me without finishing. Thankfully, I’m finishing on a high note because this book was awesome!
Saga Vol. 1 is the first volume (obviously) in a graphic novel series in what Wikipedia describes as a “space opera.” It’s narrated by a girl named Hazel, who starts the story off with her birth. She’s the product of a forbidden affair between two species whose planets (well, one’s a planet and one’s a moon) are constantly at war, and have been for generations. The war has touched every part of the galaxy, and there’s nowhere safe for her parents to go. They are being hunted by operatives on both sides, as well as bounty hunters and their families. Saga is exciting, funny, and gripping. I read it all in one sitting and wished I had bought more volumes.
I have to admit, I am 36 years old and this is the first graphic novel I’ve ever read. Ever! And I loved it! The worst part is that it’s so short, and to buy all of the volumes is kind of an investment (at least, if I buy them all at one time which is what i want to do). I chose Saga only because my person for the CBR book exchange requested graphic novels. These came highly recommended, so I bought a copy for myself, too. I’m hopeful that this has opened up a new world to me of MORE graphic novels, if there are other ones out there that are this good! This was so fun to read.
It was great to end the year on a book that made me excited to read more. I’m sad that I struggled so much with my reviews this year. I’m going to try a half Cannonball next year and see if that works a little better for me (I also said this last year, but this year I really mean it). This year I read 62 books and reviewed 52. Next year, I hope to read a lot more but review less. I’ll still be here, though! See you next month!