Rating: 5 / 5
MONSTRESS by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda (Illustrator) is a graphic novel set in a world described as being an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia. The world has distinctly steampunk and dark aesthetics. It is a world where humans, witches and half-demons have been at war. Maika is a young woman who has been severely impacted by the traumas of this world, having lost her mother and most of her arm. She’s also fighting a literal inner demon as she tries to seek out answers to what has made her world implode.
I picked this book up for a recent readathon since I needed a TBR vet. Though this isn’t a super old book, it is one that I purchased pretty early in my bookstagram days and it has been sitting on my shelf calling to me ever since. I knew it was award winning and I have heard wonderful things about it from many so was glad to finally have an extra incentive to add it to my TBR. Finding out it fit my prompt for a Hugo Award Winner also was a bonus!
This is a very dark story and there are multiple trigger warnings for violence against children, violence in general, gore, human trafficking, etc. Still it manages to have some absolutely gorgeous illustrations even as the story and the characters go to some pretty dark places.
I really enjoyed starting this series (even if my goal for the year was to actually finish series, not start them) and look forward to adding the next book in the series to my TBR soon!
#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a Hugo Award Winner