This week I finished The Namesake, the first novel of Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. When I first picked it up I had no idea what it was about, and knew only that Lahiri’s second novel The Lowland had been nominated for both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award in 2013. In my decision to diversify my reading list, her works made their way to the top of my TBR pile.
I’ve been done with school for a couple years now, but there are certain books I read in college that I still think about. Here are a few mini reviews of those books.
I became familiar with DeConnick’s work through Captain Marvel, and have since constructed a shrine and began performing weekly Friday night summoning rituals. They have yet to have any effect as far as I’m aware, but that’s another story.
Our current story is that I picked up this comic expecting excellence and was still blown away.
Lazarus takes place in the near future, where the countries we know have been abolished, and the world is governed by 16 wealthy ruling families. These families live in luxury, and those who serve them receive food and shelter. Everyone else is Waste.
Each ruling family has what’s called a Lazarus: a member of the family who has been genetically modified and technologically enhanced to protect the family. Forever Carlyle is her family’s Lazarus. The youngest of her siblings, Forever has been trained since childhood to be a weapon, a tool to further her father’s ambitions and maintain her family’s position.
Beyond the edges of their estate, a rebellion is brewing. The rigid caste system implemented by the families has left millions living in squalor and starving as the last of the resources are gobbled up by those in power. Between terrorist uprisings and divided family interests, Forever is struggling to find her place in the middle of the conflict.
Because I love comics and I love literature, here’s a little of both. Continue reading →