Book Title: Space Trash Vol. 1
Author: Jenn Woodall
Release Date: September 6th, 2022
Genres: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Sci-Fi, LGTBQ+
My rating: 4/5 Stars
In Jenn Woodall’s debut graphic novel series, three teenagers attending school on the moon try to keep their boredom and resentments at bay as they stumble across an exciting secret that could change the course of their future.
In 2115, Earth has been abandoned as a lost cause and mankind has moved on to space colonization. At a decrepit high school on the moon for underprivileged youth, Stab, Yuki and Una are three teenagers who try to keep their boredom and resentment at bay by fighting rival gangs and cliques, hanging out, sleeping their way through class, all while trying to avoid punishment from the Student Council.
Fights over turf, respect and snacks lead to unearthing an exciting secret, but will their friendship be strong enough to forge a new future?
Space Trash is a fun graphic novel that I recently had the pleasure of reading. It’s a sci-fi story, which I’m always looking to read more of! love the genre but I haven’t read as many books from it as I would like. So, when I came across Space Trash and heard that it was about queers in Space, I knew I had to read it! The cover and synopsis were immediately attention grabbing, and as I began reading, I had a feeling my expectations would be met, and I’m pleased to say they were!
I absolutely loved the art style in this graphic novel! It was so bright and vivid. Each of the characters were uniquely designed, and the scenery was so intricate and detailed that I almost felt as if I was in the room with the characters. The story was set on a space station and resembled a high school, but was still recognizable as a space station because of the style, and the small, but significant details in the art.
The world was also really cool, and I’m super excited to read more about it! The first volume of Space Trash was mostly a set up of how the human race had gotten to this point, an introduction to the characters, and the direction the rest of the series will be heading, but every moment was enjoyable. While I would have liked a bit more action in addition to the set up, I’m still happy with the events that took place in this story. We got a feel for the characters, their dynamics, and their different goals, so I have no doubt the next volume will be action packed!
Each character had a distinct personality and were a joy to read about. They all had a bit of attitude and sass, (especially towards each other!), and I loved seeing their trio interact with the environment around them. I’m not sure if there’s going to be romance or not, but I have hopes for a certain pairing in the future!
Overall, Space Trash was a quick and easy, engaging read. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read and enjoy it!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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