REVIEW: Piper by Jay Asher, Jessica Freeburg, and Jeff Stokely
Rating: 2/5 stars
So many thoughts, not all of them good about this book. But to start, I'll go over the good things:
- The art was fantastic! As with every really good graphic novel, I got about ten times more from the pictures than the words and dialogue. The use of colors was super nice and more often than not it was the colors that influenced the tone of the story. It was also pretty impressive how the authors managed to convey that Maggie was deaf just through pictures at times.
Now onto the reasons my rating is only two stars:
-I still have no idea what happened at certain parts of the story. There would be moments when I read a page, turned the page, and was convinced that I must have skipped a page. Also times when that happened and I was in the middle of a page. The story just doesn't transition gracefully from one scene to the next.
- The story is so short (and underdeveloped) that I didn't care about any of the characters. They felt very flat and predictable. There was never any moments when I was surprised by their actions, and when some of them get affected by the story (trying for no spoilers) I couldn't find it in me to care about them. This is coming from a person who messes up pages of my book from the water damage of crying about favorite characters dying. Well, guess what? I DIDN'T HAVE A FAVORITE CHARACTER HERE.
- I have no idea what the motives of some of these characters are. Or why they do some things that are major to the plot. It feels like I'm missing something, but I'm not. Just the love for this book.
Overall, if this story were better developed it would have been very good. The idea is cool, and the art is fantastic. However, the plot is lacking and hard to follow at times and I found it hard for me to enjoy it.