Friday, May 27, 2016

They're Not Like Us Volume 1: Black Holes for the Young by Eric Stephenson

Imagine if you could hear the thoughts of the people around you. With perfect clarity. All the time. Day and night. Even when you don't want to. Would anyone believe you? Would they think you're crazy? Would you believe them?

This is the reality that drives our main character to attempt suicide.

While recuperating, she taken from the hospital to a strange house by a mysterious man who tells her that she is not alone. He introduces her to the other tenants of the house; all young people with varying powers. They live together, under assumed names, and in relative anonymity. They take what they want when they want because no one can stop them. She is given the name "Syd" and given the option to join the group as long as she follows the rules: dress well, don't stand out, and don't use phones or computers.

Syd is relieved to hear that she's not crazy and, even better, she's not alone! But she quickly learns that being a part of this "family" might not be all that it seems.

This is another great story I found through the Unshelved Book Club and it was a thoroughly interesting read. A grittier, less evolved X-Men style story; They're Not Like Us shows the darker side of humanity and what we might do if given extraordinary powers. The artwork perfectly expresses the grandeur of the house and the opportunities presented to Syd while also illustrating the darker side of the life she's embarking on.

If you enjoy this book, I recommend checking out Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson (also available in graphic novel format). Or look for Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. These books and more are available at your local Virginia Beach Public Library location.

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