Star Pig - Book Review

Star Pig - Book Review


Posted 2023-12-09 by Jennifer Muirheadfollow

16-year-old Vess is on her way to Space Camp (which is not just about space, but actually in space because this is the future) when her shuttle meets with an accident that kills everyone else on board. Vess is rescued by a giant floating tardigrade (the eponymous 'star pig'). The two then go on a zany adventure while looking for a way back to their respective home planets.

Star Pig is written by Delilah Dawson (of Ladycastle and Sparrowhawk) and illustrated by Francesco Gaston (Ms Marvel). The publisher's decision to put a watermark saying "UNCORRECTED PROOF" in huge letters multiple times across every page made it a little hard to give a fair assessment of the art, and in some cases even to read the text (I really, really wish they would stop doing that and just trust reviewers to behave honourably) but as far as I can tell it's decent. One criticism is that if I were the artist I would have chose a colour for Vess' pants that was more clearly different from her skin so that it's more obvious that she is wearing them. The star pig, or Theo Tardigrade as Vess calls him, is kind of cute, even if it does have what looks like a bum for a mouth.

I picked this book up to read because I find tardigrades fascinating. Although this book is quite definitely fiction there are some facts about real tardigrades at the back if you're interested. It's somewhat educational, but mainly just a fun read.

I liked the snappy dialogue and found the idea of an alien culture that is obsessed with Earth Americana pretty funny. Vess' obsession with the '90s is also fun, although it is beyond me why anyone would want a Discman. At least Starlord from the Guardians of the Galaxy had a Walkman (they may be even older technology but they didn't skip as soon as you moved).

Star Pig Volume 1 is a fun adventure story, suitable for readers aged around 10 and up (though younger readers might not get all the pop culture references). It ends on a cliffhanger, so I imagine that a second volume is in the works.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by IDW Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Published: March 10, 2020.


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