A dystopian future where it's all about going fast. Everyone is supposed to use contractions, watch 10 minute "hyper movies", and read condensed versions of old books. Its taboo to slow down and enjoy the small things. Our lead doesn't like the fast pace of the world and falls into an underground of dissenters. It has the bones of an interesting concept, but the characters just didn't feel quite fleshed enough and I wanted more story development. Still a solid read with interesting points on where the world could easily fall.

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In this new world, speed and efficiency are everything, and the populace zooms along in a perpetually stimulated haze. Angela thinks she's the only person in her family—maybe the only person on the planet—who sees anything wrong with this picture. But the truth is she's not alone.

Angela finds herself recruited into a resistance movement where the key to rebellion is taking things slow. In their secret underground hideout, they create a life unplugged from the rapid-fire culture outside. Can they free the rest of the world before the powers that be shut down their utopian experiment?

A dystopian future where it's all about going fast. Everyone is supposed to use contractions, watch 10 minute "hyper movies", and read condensed versions of old books. Its taboo to slow down and enjoy the small things. Our lead doesn't like the fast pace of the world and falls into an underground of dissenters. It has the bones of an interesting concept, but the characters just didn't feel quite fleshed enough and I wanted more story development. Still a solid read with interesting points on where the world could easily fall.

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In this new world, speed and efficiency are everything, and the populace zooms along in a perpetually stimulated haze. Angela thinks she's the only person in her family—maybe the only person on the planet—who sees anything wrong with this picture. But the truth is she's not alone.

Angela finds herself recruited into a resistance movement where the key to rebellion is taking things slow. In their secret underground hideout, they create a life unplugged from the rapid-fire culture outside. Can they free the rest of the world before the powers that be shut down their utopian experiment?

DECELERATE BLUE (First Second Books, 208p. $17.99. ISBN 9781596431096), my new graphic novel with author Adam Rapp, is now available for in-store and online purchase! We’ve got some reviews and interviews!

Kirkus Reviews : “This is a strikingly illustrated book set in a potentially massive world, and readers will hope this isn’t the only story to come from it.”

Publishers Weekly: “It’s a world of absolutes, strikingly reflected in Cavallaro’s jittery, angular illustrations, which largely forgo shading in favor of stark black-and-white scenes; color is used only twice, powerfully heightening the emotions in each scene. Rapp’s rapid-fire dialogue eerily evokes a society hurtling down a troubling road and raises haunting questions about sacrifices made in the name of safety, productivity, and progress.”

From: Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Volume 70, Number 6, February 2017
p. 278 | 10.1353/bcc.2017.0129

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A dystopian future where it's all about going fast. Everyone is supposed to use contractions, watch 10 minute "hyper movies", and read condensed versions of old books. Its taboo to slow down and enjoy the small things. Our lead doesn't like the fast pace of the world and falls into an underground of dissenters. It has the bones of an interesting concept, but the characters just didn't feel quite fleshed enough and I wanted more story development. Still a solid read with interesting points on where the world could easily fall.

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

In this new world, speed and efficiency are everything, and the populace zooms along in a perpetually stimulated haze. Angela thinks she's the only person in her family—maybe the only person on the planet—who sees anything wrong with this picture. But the truth is she's not alone.

Angela finds herself recruited into a resistance movement where the key to rebellion is taking things slow. In their secret underground hideout, they create a life unplugged from the rapid-fire culture outside. Can they free the rest of the world before the powers that be shut down their utopian experiment?

DECELERATE BLUE (First Second Books, 208p. $17.99. ISBN 9781596431096), my new graphic novel with author Adam Rapp, is now available for in-store and online purchase! We’ve got some reviews and interviews!

Kirkus Reviews : “This is a strikingly illustrated book set in a potentially massive world, and readers will hope this isn’t the only story to come from it.”

Publishers Weekly: “It’s a world of absolutes, strikingly reflected in Cavallaro’s jittery, angular illustrations, which largely forgo shading in favor of stark black-and-white scenes; color is used only twice, powerfully heightening the emotions in each scene. Rapp’s rapid-fire dialogue eerily evokes a society hurtling down a troubling road and raises haunting questions about sacrifices made in the name of safety, productivity, and progress.”

A dystopian future where it's all about going fast. Everyone is supposed to use contractions, watch 10 minute "hyper movies", and read condensed versions of old books. Its taboo to slow down and enjoy the small things. Our lead doesn't like the fast pace of the world and falls into an underground of dissenters. It has the bones of an interesting concept, but the characters just didn't feel quite fleshed enough and I wanted more story development. Still a solid read with interesting points on where the world could easily fall.

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

In this new world, speed and efficiency are everything, and the populace zooms along in a perpetually stimulated haze. Angela thinks she's the only person in her family—maybe the only person on the planet—who sees anything wrong with this picture. But the truth is she's not alone.

Angela finds herself recruited into a resistance movement where the key to rebellion is taking things slow. In their secret underground hideout, they create a life unplugged from the rapid-fire culture outside. Can they free the rest of the world before the powers that be shut down their utopian experiment?

DECELERATE BLUE (First Second Books, 208p. $17.99. ISBN 9781596431096), my new graphic novel with author Adam Rapp, is now available for in-store and online purchase! We’ve got some reviews and interviews!

Kirkus Reviews : “This is a strikingly illustrated book set in a potentially massive world, and readers will hope this isn’t the only story to come from it.”

Publishers Weekly: “It’s a world of absolutes, strikingly reflected in Cavallaro’s jittery, angular illustrations, which largely forgo shading in favor of stark black-and-white scenes; color is used only twice, powerfully heightening the emotions in each scene. Rapp’s rapid-fire dialogue eerily evokes a society hurtling down a troubling road and raises haunting questions about sacrifices made in the name of safety, productivity, and progress.”

From: Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Volume 70, Number 6, February 2017
p. 278 | 10.1353/bcc.2017.0129

Project MUSE | 2715 North Charles Street | Baltimore, Maryland USA 21218 | (410) 516-6989 | About | Contact | Help | Tools | Order | Accessibility

©2017 Project MUSE. Produced by The Johns Hopkins University Press in collaboration with The Milton S. Eisenhower Library.

“That’s the beat of concrete, the beat of machines, of mobile phones and plasma screens … how much junk in my life do I really need?”

Up next in my big pile of graphic novels that I’m trying to catch up on is Decelerate Blue , which is written by Adam Rapp and drawn by Mike Cavallaro . It’s published by First Second and bears a price tag of $17.99, or $14 at the Amazon link below, which will send some money my way if you choose to use it for any purchase, not just this book!

First Second has a reputation for publishing good comics for all ages, and Decelerate Blue is certainly geared slightly toward teenagers, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy it, right? Rapp, apparently, writes YA novels, so it’s not surprising that we get a story of a 15-year-old girl in this comic. There’s a lot to like about Decelerate Blue , which is why the fact that it’s ultimately disappointing so annoying. The basic premise is solid, but Rapp surrounds it with such a clichéd teen rebellion story that it just doesn’t work. It’s frustrating.

A dystopian future where it's all about going fast. Everyone is supposed to use contractions, watch 10 minute "hyper movies", and read condensed versions of old books. Its taboo to slow down and enjoy the small things. Our lead doesn't like the fast pace of the world and falls into an underground of dissenters. It has the bones of an interesting concept, but the characters just didn't feel quite fleshed enough and I wanted more story development. Still a solid read with interesting points on where the world could easily fall.


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