Thursday, July 14, 2011

eV 1

eV 1 by James Farr & Alfa Robbi, 2008. 192 pages. Published by Tokyopop. Source: Borrowed from library.
Twenty minutes from now, visitors from a far-off world will fall into Earth's orbit and issue a most unexpected request... These "Emissaries" invite a single human being to be selected as a representative for all of Earth in an intergalactic parliament. Mankind is given five years in which to prepare this volunteer for the rigors of space travel and the intricaci...moreTwenty minutes from now, visitors from a far-off world will fall into Earth's orbit and issue a most unexpected request... These "Emissaries" invite a single human being to be selected as a representative for all of Earth in an intergalactic parliament. Mankind is given five years in which to prepare this volunteer for the rigors of space travel and the intricacies of alien diplomacy. Scientist Dr. Richard Wymond devises the ZETTA serumâ€"a nano-biological cocktail that will augment its recipient with nearly superhuman abilities. But when Wymond's daughter Evie is mortally injured in a freak accident, he makes a fateful decision, and rather than let her die, injects Evie with the ZETTA serum. Now the fate of the world rests upon the shoulders of one 17-year-old girl. How will Evie cope with this awesome responsibility? Will she survive the strange political intrigues of the parliament? And more importantly, are the Emissaries' intentions as honorable as they have led us to believe...?
Story:
The plot was definitely what kept me reading eV, why, because I haven't actually read to many books (maybe one, I'm not sure) with aliens paying earth a visit.
The upside/downside to the whole aliens visiting earth plot line is that the story would seem to be heading along a straight line and then all of the sudden it takes a turn for the weird (I mean even weirder then aliens coming to earth weird) with a plot twist that doesn't really seem to go with the story, but then once finished you saw how it all came together.

Out of the whole story arc I really liked the bit about Evie's dad and how he basically sacrificed his career by using the serum to save her life. I liked that part because it showed just how much he cared for her, even though he basically (in the eyes of the world) threw it away and wasted it.
While it had some unforeseen plot twist I did see one part coming a mile away, and that was who the villain/bad guys were. It was just kind of obvious once you thought about it, but interesting none the less.

Other than some swearing eV 1 was a relatively clean read.
Character(s):
Even though Evie is the main character of this graphic novel, it never really feels like you learn much about her throughout the book, or that she really grows as a character.
Even with her (many) flaws and slightly irritating behavior, I actually didn't mind Evie as a character. I thought she was interesting, although I think that a little more planning or something could have made her a better character.

Artwork:
I think this is one time when you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. I did thinking that the interior art would be similar to what is seen on the cover, well, it wasn't. If anything the artwork, excluding the cover, had a amateurish look and feel to it and wasn't nearly as well defined as the cover.
In short, I didn't much care for the artwork because it was just to simple with a lack of crispness.

Final Verdict: eV 1...was different. Yeah, I think about sums it up.

eV 1 earns 3 of 5 pineapples.

1 comment:

  1. Art is incredibly important in these kinds of books, so your comment makes me a little uneasy about trying this book out. Might give it a go though.

    ~ Popin

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