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Type: Graphic Novel
Seventh-grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he’s going to spend on his grandparents’ farm in Alabama, where he’s being sent to heal from the tragedy.
But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie’s journal. Tristan chases after it — is that a doll? — and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature’s hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world.
Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American gods John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?
Somehow, this book had me laughing, crying, and screaming “WHOA, plot twist” at my family.
I very much underestimated this book. I think because it’s technically a middle-grade read, I was expecting it to be slow, easy, and predictable. Let me tell you, it was none of the above. I’m not even sure where to begin here, so let’s just go with the characters. Tristan is the most developed protagonist I have read about in a long while. I loved that he wasn’t sure of himself in every step of his quest, unlike so many heroes. I found myself thinking of a quotation from Coraline while reading his story: “When you’re scared but still do it anyway, that’s brave.” Tristan Strong is definitely brave.
I was slightly disappointed with Ayanna, but that’s being very picky. I just have a feeling she is going to be set up to be the Annabeth to Tristan’s Percy, so to speak, and I don’t feel we got to know her well. On the other hand, Gum Baby is the most hilarious character I think I have ever encountered. I have about a million highlights in this book, and her dialogue is half of them.
Above all else, I loved the message, and it is one I feel particularly important to remember in these times. This book is full of beautiful (and heartbreaking) African Mythology, and a lot of it is rooted in the stories of slaves. What Tristan tells us is clear: we need to tell the stories of the past, with all of the pain, and all of the joy. When we begin to rewrite stories, as so many of our history books have tried to, we cause nothing but harm. Tristan said it best, so I will leave you with a final quotation, and my insistence that EVERYONE READS THIS BOOK.
“As Anansesem, it was my job to carry the stories of the land to its people. All the stories. If we ignored the past, how would we learn from it?”
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 4.5/5 (rounded up)
Intended audience: Middle Grade (but all ages should read this book)
Content warnings: mentions of slavery.
Well, this didn’t go as expected. Dragon Pearl was my most anticipated Rick Riordan Presents book because it’s a space opera with Korean mythology elements. However, I didn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to. I was hesitant to round my rating to 3 stars because I feel I didn’t quite like it at that level, but 2 stars was too low of a rating for it.
The main problem I had with this book is that it’s bland. It’s not exciting or mind-blowing, and I feel mostly neutral towards it. It’s actually quite forgettable, and I don’t really think I learned a lot about Korean mythology as I thought I would. I’m probably too used to Rick Riordan’s books and it’s unfair to make comparisons but oh well. I also wished this book would be a bit funny but it wasn’t *sigh*
I listened to the audiobook and I’m sure I would have dnfed this if it wasn’t for the narrator. It wasn’t the best audiobook by any means but listening to it was soothing in a way.
I can’t say anything about the characters because I don’t know them well enough, but Min was an interesting main character. I like that she spends most of this book as an actual boy as I don’t think I’ve ever read something like it. It was weird at the beginning when the narrator lowered her voice for Min but I grew to like it quite a lot!