Project Nought

HarperCollins/Clarion. Feb. 2023. 336p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9780358381686; pap. $17.99. ISBN 9780358381693.
Gr 7 Up–A satisfying blend of sweet LGBTQIA+ romance meets science fiction, conveyed in beautiful visual storytelling by New Zealand-based cartoonist Furedi. Featuring a racially diverse cast of teen characters who represent a variety of gender identities and sexualities, and a compelling time travel plot with a big tech corporation villain, this work has something for everyone without feeling overstuffed. Back in the 1990s, Ren ran away from home to meet an online friend. However, Chronotech kidnapped him en route, landing him in the 22nd century as an instructional tool for their students. Dramas befall Ren and his new bestie, pastel-coiffed Mars, as they and their friends work to mitigate Chronotech’s unethical results. Characters are fully realized in dialogue as well as visuals, and nothing appears in text that repeats what readers see unfold in the images or vice versa.
VERDICT An exemplary teen graphic novel that will cross interests of sci-fi, queer romance, adventure, and anti–big tech readers, gorgeously accessible.

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