Hotelitor: Luxury-Class Defense and Hospitality Unit

Graphic Universe. May 2024. 144p. lib. ed. $30.65. ISBN 9781728446073; pap. $16.99. ISBN 978 8765623350.
Gr 8 Up–In a not-too-distant future, Earth is depleted of its natural resources and becomes a destitute orb, forcing humanity to take to the stars. The Apatus Corporation turns planetary catastrophe into luxury living and ferries the populace between colonies, including Colony 4CX, where Hotelitor—a “luxury-class defense and hospitality unit”—offers VIP treatment to its guests. When Hotelitor falls under alien attack, Anna, an 18-year-old intern, rallies her fellow service workers to send the hotel unit into space to escape the aliens, but the group finds themselves navigating class warfare, corrupt hotel management, and the formation of a cult as they try to find their way back to the colony. As Anna and her team search for a way home, they uncover secrets about Apatus that could cost them their lives, if the aliens don’t get them first. Relying on often hilarious situations and dialogue, Hicks delivers a sharp story about the service industry, social classes, and corporate greed. Vibrant illustrations are colorful, incorporating a diverse group of characters.
VERDICT Hotelitor blends sci-fi and class comedy with entertaining results. A good choice for YA graphic novel collections.

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