After she is hit by a car, Zee Parfit is placed in suspended animation. She wakes in Chimerika, a strange world her father created for a mysterious group of scientists known as the Consortium in exchange for them saving Zee from death. Chimerika is a patchwork planet, made up of other worlds, and populated with strange creatures. When a mysterious storm strikes, Zee learns that Chimerika is in danger. Together with Erik, Morgan the mermaid warrior, and Phaedrus the Sectaurian (insect creature) guard, Zee must go on a journey to find the technology they need to save their world.
The Only Living Girl continues the story of the comic series The Only Living Boy, in which 12-year-old Erik Farrell runs away from home and winds up on Chimerika with no memory of how he got there. This book does contain spoilers for the earlier comics, and might be a bit confusing if you haven't read them.
This book has decent art, drawn by Steve Ellis, and is written by David Gallaher (of Convergence: Green Lantern Corps, and The Only Living Boy) There is plenty of action, with flying motorcycles and sea monsters. There is some violence, but it is fairly cartoonish, and there is no strong language, so this book would be suited to younger readers. It also features a young female hero who is passionate about science, which makes for a nice role model for young girls. What's more, there is a warrior mermaid- how cool is that?!
Morgan, from The Only Living Girl.
The Only Living Girl is a fun adventure story, suitable for readers around the age of ten and up.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Papercutz, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: May 2019