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On a Sunbeam par Tillie Walden
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On a Sunbeam (original 2018; édition 2018)

par Tillie Walden (Auteur)

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La 4e de couverture indique : "Aux confins de l'espace, Mia s'engage sur un vaisseau dont l'équipage restaure des structures architecturales du passé. Alors qu'elle semble y trouver une nouvellle famille, ses souvenirs refont surface: cinq ans auparavant, elle a rencontré Grace au pensionnat et en est tombée éperdument amoureuse..."… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:On a Sunbeam
Auteurs:Tillie Walden (Auteur)
Info:First Second (2018), 544 pages
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On a Sunbeam par Tillie Walden (2018)

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DNF at 43 pages.

I'm not drawn to the art, and, two chapters in, I'm neither invested in any of the characters nor caring what is happening. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jan 21, 2022 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I got a copy of this book as a gift for Christmas.

Thoughts: This was very well done and encompasses a huge amount of story. It is creative, engaging, and was very hard to put down.

The story is mainly about Mia, a girl who drops out of a girls’ boarding school to help refurbish buildings on various planets/space stations. Mia is obviously depressed but as she works with this new crew, she forms solid friendships and starts to reflect back to a pivotal year at school where she fell in love with a mysterious new student. She was unable to say goodbye to this student when they suddenly disappeared and she has always wanted the opportunity to at least say good-bye.

This was an amazing book. The worlds are intriguing and the spaceships fanciful and beautiful. However, what really makes this story are the amazing characters; they have so much history and depth. Watching Mia work with this crew and come into her own was amazing. Learning about the members of the crew and their pasts was also very fun. This was a hard book to put down and has more of a space opera sort of feel to it than hard core science fiction.

The drawings are done in muted tones but easy to follow. Some of the spacescapes and ancient buildings are spectacular to look at. Personally I like my illustration a bit more finished feeling, but the style used here worked really well for the story and won me over completely. This is a book that I am keeping so that I can re-read it at a later date. I just enjoyed it so much. There is adventure and character growth; danger and magical-like beings.

My Summary (5/5): Overall I completely loved this graphic novel. There are so many elements to it that make it exceptional. I loved the adventures, the amazing worlds, and the complex characters. I loved watching Mia find something she loved doing and a crew she fit in with and I loved how that gave her the courage to try and fix something that had hurt her in the past. This is the first graphic novel by Walden I have read but I plan on picking more books by her soon. Recommended!!! ( )
  krau0098 | Jan 11, 2022 |
Tillie Walden has written a GIANT queer space opera that manages to be quiet and tense at the same time.
The story is told in two timelines, past and present, with a corresponding color change. The worldbuilding is fascinating, with the characters traveling through space to rebuilt various historic sites. The character development is also detailed, and though it's a little hard to sink into, with so many characters and two timelines, the payoff is worth it.
This book is over 500 pages, so when I say it's big? I mean it. It's sort of YA, sort of not, but it's definitely an f/f romance. ( )
  Cerestheories | Nov 8, 2021 |
What a beautiful graphic novel (though I had it in hardback - I'd be a little worried about the structural integrity of a paperback since it's a huge book with panels that encourage gazing - I had to restrain myself from making this review entirely pictures of those beautiful panels).

The story is, ultimately, about women and our relationships with each other, and outside of that lens, not much happens. It's very much a quiet, internal book. It's so specifically rooted in and about that, actually, that I'd be hesitant to recommend it to a boy/man. They might like it, but some of the quiet beauty would be lost. There are no men in this universe, it seems - all women fall in love with each other. But there's all kinds of love and relationships represented between the characters, and it flows through their interactions with each other. Mia's relationship with Grace was beautiful in its purity - two souls finding each other that you can truly believe she'd still think about Grace after all those years but genuinely be OK just seeing her to say goodbye.

While the length of the book allows for all of the interconnected narratives to breathe, I wish the timeline had been extended. Mia and Grace are about 14 when they meet, and while I can believe they'd fall in love quickly, being SO in love after the course of only a year is a little too quick. Of course, 14-year-old emotions run high, but that depth of love generally takes time. But I could accept Mia's integration into the crew being so quick, because they rely on each other so much and need to trust quickly.

The interconnected narratives and flashbacks (which, I think, each had a slightly different color scheme, which really added to the dreaminess of the reading) were wonderfully done; the repeated themes and motifs were subtle but rich (the Lux game reappearing as the card game the crew teaches Mia; the way Mia's life with the crew mirrors her life at the boarding school) yet each story was it's own. Unfortunately, where they converged is where the narrative lost strength.

While I love the idea and the visuals of The Staircase (Jules' adventure in particular), everything quickly became muddled. Walden tends to draw very similar characters across narratives, so sometimes it was tough to tell who was who or which narrative we were in when all the characters were in close(er) proximity. And when everyone split up it just became a little too much. Jules's encounter with the glowing creature and the giant cat thing was beautiful and very true to her character, though it raised a lot of questions about The Staircase and those creatures that I wish had been answered, just like Elliot's backstory/adventure. They're an outlaw for killing one of the foxes, but did that fox kill their aunt? Why did Elliot kill it? Why is that such a sin if the foxes are untameable and kill people? And what traumatized Ell so much that they didn't talk? When did it happen? I was also unhappy that, once they reached The Staircase, Ell became chatty and defiant when that seems so out of character for them (like telling Mia to leave, going defiantly into the square). I would have loved more exploration of The Staircase: what makes the women who live there so dedicated? How isolated, community-wise, is it/how many people live there? How dangerous is it? Why did Grace want to leave so badly, and why did her family make an exception for her? Is her family an offshoot of the Hills or are they truly the family that founded the planet and prevent anyone from leaving?

But, really, what impressed me the most was the gorgeous art of this story. The palette is muted, even between the different narratives, with liberal use of blues, grays, and muted reds/purples/yellows. This lends a kind of dreary, dream-like quality to everything, making it more arresting when Walden inserts a panel with a different palette. The backgrounds are beautifully realized as well, with the strange goldfish ships taking center stage, often flying through darkness or in clouds of dust.

While not a perfect graphic novel, On a Sunbeam is very close, and it's strengths more than make up for it's flaws. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
On a Sunbeam is set between two timelines with Mia. First, as a freshman in an all girl's boarding school as she meets her first love, Grace. Second, when she's with her first adult job on a construction crew in space. The stories go back and forth and sometimes mix up a bit in the first half, and then it focuses on the present time with the crew in the later.

I loved Grace and Mia's relationship and was so sad when they ended up getting seperated. I also loved all the badass women and nonbinary persons that were in this book. Nobody took shit from anybody else and the people on the construction group stood up for each other. It was great to see and read.

My only problem was that the characters seemed to look so similar. Maybe it was just the way they were shrunk and put into the book, but I would get Mia and Char mixed up a lot and for the life of me I couldn't remember which one was Jules. I'd also sometimes get Ell and Alma mixed up to.

I loved the artwork in it, but I think the darkness of the panels is what sometimes would confuse me about the characters.

Overall, I would recommend this book for those who like science fiction graphics. There's space, there's strong, powerful women, and persons, there's love, there's adventure and suspense. ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Sep 24, 2021 |
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La 4e de couverture indique : "Aux confins de l'espace, Mia s'engage sur un vaisseau dont l'équipage restaure des structures architecturales du passé. Alors qu'elle semble y trouver une nouvellle famille, ses souvenirs refont surface: cinq ans auparavant, elle a rencontré Grace au pensionnat et en est tombée éperdument amoureuse..."

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