A Note on A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong

Sloane Leong brings an energetic (almost neon and glowing) style to the graphic novel format for a textual experience that catches the eye and represents experience. Part of the appeal of this book lies in its vibrant visuals, while another part lies in its possibilities for engaging young adult (and adult) readers.

Along with these strengths comes a multiple character narrative in which young readers can discover representations of life and ideas -- the kind of work that is sorely needed for graphic novel and prose pages. The story is still the thing, and is only punctuated even more by the author’s artistry.

Highly recommended, and many thanks to First Second for an advance review copy for my unbiased review.