I am a huge fan of Andy Weir. The Martian is one of my favorite books – it’s one of the books that really got be back into reading. I love how he writes sci-fi, but when I heard how big of a departure his newest project is, I was pretty excited. Cheshire Crossing is a young adult graphic novel about some of my favorite female storybook heroines. And it’s amazing.
(All reviews are spoiler-free unless otherwise noted.)
(From Goodreads) What happens to Alice when she comes back from Wonderland? Wendy from Neverland? Dorothy from Oz?
The three meet here, at Cheshire Crossing–a boarding school where girls like them learn how to cope with their supernatural experiences and harness their magical world-crossing powers.
But the trio–now teenagers, who’ve had their fill of meddling authority figures–aren’t content to sit still in a classroom. Soon they’re dashing from one universe to the next, leaving havoc in their wake–and, inadvertently, bringing the Wicked Witch and Hook together in a deadly supervillain love match.
To stop them, the girls will have to draw on all of their powers . . . and marshal a team of unlikely allies from across the magical multiverse.
Cheshire Crossing is definitely something I would not have guess would come from Andy Weir. It’s young adult graphic fantasy. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going in, but I was quickly drawn into this amazing story. The premise reminded me a lot of Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series – which I love – in that we have three girls who visited different worlds meeting at a boarding school when their families don’t know how to deal with them. And I kind of love that trope. What makes this book even more interesting is that it features characters we’re already familiar with.
This book was so much fun to read. I definitely laughed out loud more than once. The story was just over-the-top in a really fun way, and I enjoyed it a lot. I also thought the characters were great. Weir put his own spin on them, which works well because they’ve grown up a little since we met them in their original stories. But they’re each believable as the characters we’re already familiar with.
I also really enjoyed the art in this book. I was a little familiar with Sarah Andersen’s Sarah’s Scribbles series (mostly through Twitter). I do like her sense of humor. The art style here is quite a bit different, but I thought it fit the novel really well. I loved how each character was illustrated, and thought she did a great job.
★★★★★ – Cheshire Crossing was a difficult book to rate. But, ultimately, it was an incredibly fun read, with a creative story, and great illustrations. I just loved reading it, and I couldn’t think of a single thing I didn’t like. I can see why fans of Andy Weir might not also love this one – it is a huge departure – but I would definitely recommend it for fans of the Wayward Children series, especially if you’re interested in a similar but more lighthearted story.
Cheshire Crossing will be available in bookstores tomorrow, July 9. If you’re interested, you can order a copy on Amazon now.
To get the audiobook for free, use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible and choose Cheshire Crossing as one of your two free books. There is a full cast of characters, and I think it might be fun to listen to it with the graphic novel in front of you.
This book was generously provided to me by Ten Speed Press.
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