Thursday, November 26, 2015
Saints (Boxers & Saints) by Gene Luen Yang
Saints is the second volume in Gene Luen Yang's two volume graphic novel story covering China's Boxer Rebellion. By using fantasy elements, readers are swept into an engrossing narrative of the events that lead up to and surrounding the Chinese Boxer Rebellion in 1898-1901. In this volume, we follow the life of Vibiana and see the effects of the Chinese conversion to Christianity from her perspective. With the combinations of compelling prose and stylized artwork, the reader is completely swept up into the heartbreaking events of this rebellion and the aftermath. This title is appropriate for older teens and adults as there are more adult themes and depictions of war. Saints is an eye-opening look for western readers into a piece of China's history with ramifications in the present.
You can find Boxers by Gene Luen Yang on the VBPL Catalog. If you enjoyed Boxers, you may want to try American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang or Zahra's Paradise by Amir.
Review by Michelle L. Chrzanowski, TCC Norfolk Campus Library