*A Graphic Novel Review
Whenever I get graphic novels, I'm looking for three features: (1) an awesome cover, (2) images that captivate me, and (3) a story that will hold from beginning to end. Graphic novels are superior than the average novel we read. They're the closest things to movies of a story as we can get, so they have to reign darn near supreme! White Sand is almost there. Brandon Sanderson and Rik Hoskin made this a graphic novel worth the read.
Kenton is the son of a Sand Master, but unlike his father, he struggles to manipulate the sand. Neither he nor his siblings are able to advance the way others can; it's been blamed on his mother, who's supposedly tainted the bloodline. So Kenton has to fight to prove himself worthy.
With limited powers, but a cleverness that allows him to be just as strong, he has to work harder to be the best. But when Kenton finds his people slaughtered, he fears he may be the only one. He ends up going out, working against a conspiracy that will affect everyone!
This is my first Sanderson read, and I have to admit it was pretty cool. The cover photo looks like something out of a Japanime flick. It shows a lot of action, almost too busy. I liked it, but I was looking for a bit more clarity on the inside. The inner photos were a match to the outside. I'm used to inner photos being more bright, deep and vivid. And since the words were small and scattered about the pages, It was really hard on my degenerating eyes. The pics weren't grainy, but just not as rich as I'd hoped.
The story was great! I also loved that with this being my first Sanderson novel, I didn't know the world. Thankfully, there was a trusty box, off to the side, explaining a reference, like 'slatrification'. when mentioned, Kenton's mind gave the definition, making all easy for me as I traveled through the storyline.
As a whole, I'm not sure I can read the other books. The pictures, though fantastic, were tough for me to view and read. The colors were more of a hospital setting: soft and light, where as I'm used to bold colors in a graphic novel. I'm used to seeing a great deal more with the words leaping from the pages inside the white bubbles. But still fun.
I'm off to the next read!
White Sand, Vol. 1
Brandon Sanderson & Rik Hoskin
June 29, 2016
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