Monday, June 22, 2015

ARC Graphic Novel Review: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Title: The Golden Compass
Author: Philip Pullman
Pages: 80 pages
Published: September 22, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Bookcon ARC Copy
Rating: 5/5 star

The world of Philip Pullman's internationally bestselling His Dark Materials saga is brought to visual life in book 1 of a three-volume graphic adaptation of The Golden Compass

Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her demon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle- a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, and a mysterious substance known as Dust. As she hurtles toward danger on the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win- or to lose- this more-than mortal battle. 

The stunning full-color art offers both new and returning readers a chance to experience the story of Lyra, an ordinary girl with an extraordinary role to play in the fates of multiple words, in an entirely new way. 

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Before I get into the gist of this review, I want you to raise your hand if you've read or seen the movie The Golden Compass. I'm still in awe that this movie and book has become a graphic novel. I can't begin to form words for my excitement because of how excited I am. If you haven't watched it, go go go away and come back when you've read it because this is going to be a huge spoilery review that includes a lot of fangirling. I was able to snatch this at Bookcon and figured it would be the perfect thing to review!

The Golden Compass is a fast-paced fantasy novel that takes place in this whimsical world where humans have demons that are connected to them by a substance known only as dust. It binds the demon and the human together so that if anyone happens to the demon, the same exact thing will happen to the human and vise versa. That's why it's wise to keep your demon safe. 

Lyra is the young girl gifted with the Golden Compass which can also be known was a truth-teller. It will tell you the answer to any question you seek as long as you ask it the right question. She is young, spirited, and the really the only one with the ability to see what others don't-- because she has the compass. The only person who can read the compass is so far only Lyra. With the compass and her demon, she goes to the north in search of her best friend Roger, who's been kidnapped by Gobblers who are vicious people that kidnap children and separate them from their demons. This is a great fantasy novel with ice bears, demons, witches, and flying blimps! 

So for returning readers of this novel, you're probably wondering if the graphic novel is similar to the book and movie. I would say similar to the movie, not the book. The book was way more detailed and I liked the graphic novel more because it was short, sweet, and simple but still got the story across well. It's different to seeing words on a page when you have artwork and speech bubbles to go with it. I felt like that was nicely done in this graphic novel.

Great for first-time graphic novel readers. If you don't want to venture on hardcore graphic novel series yet like Fables or Saga, then this is the perfect alternative to reading just that. Since it does say volume 1, I'm sure this graphic novel series is going to get bigger and better!

The stunning art offers both new and returning readers the chance to indulge themselves in the world and experience the story or Lyra meeting the ice bears and saving her uncle from possible death and from the people that hate him. I would recommend this to anybody who would take to time to read it because you're going to have one hell of a time, I promise. 

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is a book-hoarding, binge-eating anime lover that loves to read and write on her free time. When she hasn't got her head stuck in an enthralling fantasy novel, she's outside collecting rocks or re-organizing her bookshelves for the 100th time. Alex also has nightmares of her TBR pile falling down and crushing her underneath.

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