Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review: Victory by Carla Jablonski; Illustrated by Leland Purvis


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
The final installment in Carla Jablonski’s Sydney Taylor Honor-winning Resistance trilogy.
World War II thunders to a conclusion in this third and final installment of Jablonski and Purvis’ critically-acclaimed historical trilogy. As the Allied Forces move to retake France from its Nazi invaders, siblings Sophie, Paul, and Marie Tessier must risk their lives once more and journey into the belly of the beast: Paris. They are on a mission to deliver top-secret intel for the Resistance movement . . . they are its youngest agents.
A perfect mix of deft emotional storytelling and hairraising, historically accurate wartime adventure make this final chapter of the Resistance Trilogy the most satisfying yet.
MY TAKE:

I wasn't born yet during World War II, so what I know of the war is from the things taught to us in school and told to me by my parents and grandparents.

Victory is the third book in Carla Jablonski's Resistance trilogy. This book chronicles the adventures of Sylvie, Paul and Marie as they fight for the French Resistance. I was a little disoriented at first when I was reading because I was looking for "Sophie", the girl mentioned in the marketing copy. In the book, however, Paul and Marie's older sister is named Sylvie. I haven't read the first two books, though, so I'm not sure if she was Sophie before.

Anyway, while it helps to read the first two books, Victory is still easy enough to follow. The characters explain the things that you might have missed, without resorting to info dumps.

It's action-packed, informative and very realistic. The illustrations are like sketches, so if you like that style, then this is definitely your cup of tea.

Thanks to NetGalley and First Second for the e-ARC. Publication date of Victory is on July 17, 2012.

THE GOOD:
  1. The book is very informative.
  2. The story is realistic.
  3. You don't have to have read the first books to understand this one.
THE BAD:
  1. There are some misaligned speech bubbles.
  2. The illustration style may not appeal to everyone.
FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Stop fraternizing with the enemy and maybe I'll treat you with more respect.
READ IT IF:
  1. You want to know what life was like in wartime France.
  2. You're looking for a realistic comic book trilogy.
  3. You want to learn more about the Resistance in World War II France.
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