Published: June 18, 2019
Publisher: Iron Circle Comics
Format: e-ARC (review copy)
Beck is on her way to college, thrilled at the possibilities of the next exciting chapter, barely holding it in as she clutches her childhood favorite toy in the family car with her loving dad behind the wheel. And that’s where Beck’s shared experience with the rest of her freshman class abruptly ends and the tangled mysteries of her astonishing life start to unravel. Home-schooled and raised in isolation by the jumpy, over-protective Gill, Beck isn’t allowed online or out of the house alone. Even a quick pit stop on their quiet family road trip takes some negotiation before they finally pull into a remote gas station, where their cautiously stable peace is jolted by gunfire. Beck emerges from the restroom to find her father gone and a dead body on the floor.Beck is in the world now, and she’s beyond not ready for it.A taut suspense thriller that challenges our perceptions of family and identity, MINUS is a coming-of-age tale where a teen’s new discoveries might be best kept in the shadows.
This is a psychological thriller and a coming-of-age story that follows a girl who grew up with the company of her father alone. However, things changed when she stops home-schooling and finally starts college.
I have read a couple of graphic novels before but it intrigued me the moment I have read the synopsis of this book. I can imagine the mystery/thriller genre but it is quite hard to portray a psychological thriller very well in the form of illustrations (or at least it is unimaginable for my part). But after reading this book, I realized that it is possible to portray the psychological thriller in the form of graphics.
The plot is interesting and it has a twist that would make you read the story up until the end. However, I feel like the story felt a little too rush. I wish that the story is a bit longer to properly expound the reason as to why certain things happen. Some explanations are too vague for my taste and I wish that it delved deeper to have its full impact. With that being said, I still feel like the story and it’s pacing as a whole makes no room for any boring part.
But what I like most about this is the characters. I did not like anyone in particular but I like how the author created the characters in a way that you couldn’t tell who is the villian among them. You could understand the reason as to why they did what they had to do but like I said, I wish that they delved into it deeper.
All in all, this graphic novel is a quick read for anyone who loves a psychological thriller. If you haven’t read a psychological thriller graphic novel just like me, be sure to check this book out. It is not the perfect five star kind of read but it would hook you into reading more books like this one.
That’s all for now. Make sure to check this book out!
Till next time!