On A Sunbeam

On A Sunbeam

Paperback - 2018
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"A ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together. Two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love, only to lear the pain of loss. With interwoven timelines and stunning art, award-winning graphic novelist Tillie Walden creates an inventive world, breathtaking romance, and an epic quest for love."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250178145
1250178142
9781250178138
1250178134
Characteristics: 533 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm

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Walden's second graphic novel is a science fiction story set on a spaceship featuring an all-female and nonbinary community. While attending boarding school onboard, Mia and Grace fall deeply in love.


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samcmar Aug 13, 2018

I loved the heck out of Tillie Walden's Spinning. When I heard that more of her comics were being published, I decided to keep my eye out for them. On a Sunbeam focuses on a female-female relationship that transcends to the deepest edge of the universe.

This book was beautiful. I loved Walden's artwork and the colour choice of muted tones throughout the story. There's a sense of loneliness, foreboding, and discomfort throughout On a Sunbeam, and that is reflected in the artwork through and through. What I loved about the story was the relationship between Mira and Grace. It felt very genuine and raw, right down to the moments where there was heartbreak. Mia is an interesting character in that she's very strong and smart, but she's not necessarily the most comfortable in her own skin. I found she was very easy to connect with.

There is also so much going on in this story. I think what I loved was how disjointed parts of it felt. Nothing entirely felt straight-forward and I found myself constantly questioning what was going on. Furthermore, there's some interesting discussion regarding language usage, family dynamics, and even though this story takes place in outer space, space itself feels like it's own character.

I loved reading On a Sunbeam, from its wonderful lady-driven romance, to its portrayal of family (and how family doesn't have to be blood). I think Tillie Walden is a talented storyteller who gets readers attached to her characters and often lets the reader feel a strong connection to them. This story is dark, yet hopeful, and I think it will gel with readers who want stories that they feel they can be closely connected to.

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