Friday, April 1, 2011

The Good Neighbors: Kind

This is the third and, I believe, final volume in The Good Neighbors graphic novel series.  It's a wonderfully entertaining and evocative story about a half-human, half-faery teen whose world is irrevocably changed, and she must decide how to rectify things while trying to be true to both sides of her heritage.  The brooding, monochrome artwork is beautiful and suits the story perfectly.  If this sounds appealing to you, check out my review of the first book, Kin, in order to avoid potential spoilers that may follow.

I was disappointed to find that, unlike with the second book in this series, there is no convenient "What happened before now" section to refresh readers' memories.  I finished book two in November of 2009, and I have read literally hundreds of books since then, so a refresher would have been nice.  At any rate, the action picks up where it left off, and it all came back to me as I read.

Rue's grandfather's plans have, at least partially, come to pass, and the city is now a strange sort of hybrid world of human and fey.  Humans are scared, and some of the fey denizens are violent and terrifying.  A war is brewing, and Rue feels caught in the middle.  She begins to realize that, despite the massive changes that have happened, her grandfather's plan is not complete.  Can she complete it - in a different way, perhaps, that might set things straight?  With so many fey and human elements set against her, it doesn't seem possible.

I thoroughly enjoyed this series, and the conclusion was bittersweet, but it felt right.  Rue grows a whole lot along the way, and she becomes a strong, honorable heroine that is fun to root for.  This is shelved in the teen section at my library, but there is plenty of crossover adult appeal as well.  It may be a bit dark and violent for the youngest graphic novel fans, but I'd have no problem with either of my children (ages 8 and 10) reading this.  I love the availability of wonderful stories featuring strong female heroines these days, and this is one to happily add to the list. 

Books in the Good Neighbors Series
1. Kin
2. Kith

3. Kind

Kind: The Good Neighbors, Book Three by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh (Graphix, 2010)

Have you reviewed this book on your blog?  Let me know, and I'll link to your review.

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