Published May 2nd 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
The clumsiest student at the Sand Dancer Academy, Oona Lee is a fighter with a destiny bigger than she could ever imagine.
A boy from the poorest slums, An Tzu has a surprising gift and a knack for getting out of sticky situations.
Star athlete Jax Amboy is beloved by an entire galaxy, but what good is that when he has no real friends?
In many ways, 5 Worlds felt like a nice mix of The 5th Element and Doctor Who, when a young dancer, a street urchin, and an illegal android are brought together, in circumstances that are of course, going to lead them on an epic adventure to save the world.
The story is thrilling for those who are looking to go on an epic journey, and will be appreciated by readers who like worlds that are melded seamlessly together. (I'll admit that I kept thinking, "Oh, it's like Star Wars with all the worlds!", so that's a sense of the scope that's present throughout the book.) Though the character development could have been a tiny bit more developed at times, what we see of them is intriguing, and also full of potential development in future installments.
The art is visually stunning, and there's a sense that the authors/illustrators could be even more expansive, in a different medium - which leads to the possibility of different platforms for a more immersive world. All in all, it's a fun read, and I can't wait for book two.
About the authors:
ALEXIS SIEGEL is a writer and translator based in London, England. He has translated a number of bestselling graphic novels, including Joann Sfar’s The Rabbi’s Cat, Pénélope Bagleu’s Exquisite Corpse, and Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese (into French).
XANTHE BOUMA is an illustrator based in Southern California. When not working on picture books, fashion illustration, and comics, Xanthe enjoys soaking up the beachside sun. Follow Xanthe on Tumblr at @yumbles and on Twitter at @xoxobouma.
MATT ROCKEFELLER is an illustrator and comic book artist from Tucson, Arizona. His work has appeared in a variety of formats, including book covers, picture books, and animation. Matt lives in New York City. Follow him on Tumblr at @mrockefeller and on Twitter at @mcrockefeller.
BOYA SUN is an illustrator and co-author of the graphic novel Chasma Knights. Originally from China, Boya has traveled from Canada to the United States and now resides in the charming city of Baltimore. Follow Boya on Tumblr at @boyasun and on Twitter at @boyaboyasun.