Book Review

The Rema Chronicles – Amy Kim Kibuishi

Enter the rich and fantastical world of Rema in the first instalment of this middle-grade graphic novel series with sweeping adventure and light romance! Tabby Simon is determined to learn what happened to her father, who was found dead after researching a tree that leaks a mysterious mist in her neighbourhood. She is unexpectedly led to Rema, a distant world of magic and beauty that is periodically invaded by a nearby planet desperate for resources. While Tabby searches for the truth surrounding her father’s death, she meets a handsome blue-haired boy named Philip.

He has his own dangerous secrets, but he has promised to help Tabby get home. As Tabby learns more about this strange world, she discovers that she is destined for something far greater than she ever could have imagined.

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Its been so long since I picked up a great graphic novel. I read The Sad Ghost Club book 1 and 2 over the last 12 months or so, but other than those… I havent read any for years. The Rema Chronicles was more like the graphic novels I used to read, with really amazing full colour graphics, and are more comic-like.

Split into four parts, this graphic novel feels like a collection of issues which I loved. Its very much a “set up” graphic novel, with the background of the world that Tabby finds herself in being shown within this story. And I did feel like the background of the world she is in was a little conveniently shared, but I loved it all the same. The geists and the magic that has to be hidden within the book was fascinating. I loved the lore and want to know so much more about it, so I’m hoping its more explored in future volumes.

The main character Tabby was obviously overcome with grief at the start of the book and didn’t know how to handle what happened to her dad. I could tell it was very much connected to what would happen and I was excited to find out more about that right at the end of this book. Tabby’s mother seemed a bit cold in the book and I really struggled with her character from the little we see of her, I feel like there may be more to her than meets the eye too. Phillip is an interesting character but because this feels like the very start of something, we don’t find out much about him either.

I really loved this volume, but I feel like I need more. The world and the characters were all just touched upon and while what I read was enough to get me interested, I can’t wait until the second book comes out to get to really know them. I also want to know more about the interplanetary aspect of the book… Like what Phillip was searching for on Earth, why he was there. Its touched upon in the book… but again I didn’t feel like it was the whole story.

I think the thing I loved most about this book was the art, it’s simply stunning, especially the landscape of the world of Rema. The elements really come to life, which makes sense with the background of the place, and the art does an amazing job of showing that. I always have a weakness for books with maps in them and the map at the end of this book was absolutely incredible.

I think this book will have many fans and its perfect for actual teenage years. I was transported back to reading graphic novels in my bed as a 14 year old geek while reading, and I am far from that these days!

The Rema Chronicles was published by Graphix, a Scholastic imprint on 3rd March 2022. My copy was sent in exchange for an honest review – all opinions are my own.

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