I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Last of the Sandwalkers by Jay Hosler
Published by First Second on April 7th 2015
Genres: Graphic Novel
Nestled in the grass under the big palm tree by the edge of the desert there is an entire civilization—a civilization of beetles. In this bug's paradise, beetles write books, run restaurants, and even do scientific research. One such scientist is Lucy, who leads a team of researchers out into the desert. Their mission is to discover something about the greater world...but what lies in wait for them is going to change everything Lucy thought she knew.
Beetles are not the only living creatures in the world.
Last of the Sandwalkers surprised me as a graphic novel. I’m not overly fond of bugs, but this story really brought them into the light. Lucy is a scientist at heart and sets off on journey to find if there are more beetles in the world around them. Her community is not fond of scientists though and she finds that the overseer of their journey tries to sabotage them from finding their way home, while stealing their discovery of large bones in the sand. They end up on their own and must find their way back. Luckily, the journal their overseer stole wasn’t Lucy’s but a phony, leaving him only with the bones to display.
I loved that this community took on a stance very much like one we see now. The separation of science from religion. Coming across others, Lucy finds that her community has let go of beetles they found that didn’t think their way, telling stories they didn’t like. This is similar to her own scientific drive and she finds a kindred spirit in the abandoned beetle she finds in the desert. There are dangers out there and she must help her friends and family travel safely home. She tries to use her inventions, but sometime they backfire and she seems a bit caught up in the devices at times as to those around her.
I found myself rather intrigued by the story, as Lucy struggles and prevails over the terrain and gets the assistance of others on her journey. She is a spirited heroine and one I admire as she is not perfect but always tries her best. I almost wish it was a bit shorter or simple because I think it’s a story my students would enjoy but it’s probably over the heads of most of my students. I’m considering putting it in my school library and seeing what happens.
A wonderful graphic novel about being ones self and finding the truth about the world and ones self.