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Cover image for Afar
Portland, OR : Image Comics, Inc., [2017]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
In a post-industrial desert wasteland, fifteen-year-old Boetema develops the ability to astral project to other planets. On her own planet, with her parents gone, she and her thirteen-year-old brother, Inotu, must cross a dangerous desert to flee a cyborg bodyguard.
Reading Level:
Rated T, Teen.


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On Order



Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astrally project to other worlds,unintentionally possessing the bodies of people light years away. Inotu, herinquisitive brother with a pension for trouble, finds himself on the run afterhe's caught eavesdropping on an illegal business deal between small townbusiness tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. When Boetema accidentally getssomeone hurt while in another girl's body, the siblings are forced to worktogether to solve the problems they've created on their planet and others.

AFAR is a coming-of age fantasy tale about two siblings. Boetema canastrally project, and her brother, Inotu, is forced to grow up when theirreckless parents leave to work as salt shepherds. Boetema is tasked withfiguring out why she dreams she's in other people's bodies, and in doing so,makes matters worse on a planet hundreds of light years away. Inotu struggles tobecome a confident and supportive brother while they've been left alone by theirparents. Poor, sleep-deprived, and on the run from a cyborg, the siblings worktogether to overcome their own personal obstacles, making their way across thedesert to the thriving metropolis, Yopan.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

When Boetema sleeps, she finds herself in the bodies of strange alien creatures, but she isn't merely dreaming, and she doesn't know how to make sense of what's happening. Her life is already more difficult than she would like: her parents are moving the family to a new home in Yopan, a city of luxury and goods, and her brother, Inotu, has a habit of getting into trouble. Comics artist turned writer del Duca explores a post-industrialized desert landscape that mixes technology, mythology, and supernatural powers, a fascinating blend of influences made all the more vivid through Seaton's depictions of the intermeshing of past and future. With little direct exposition, the story depends on Seaton to illustrate the complexity of a setting that features advanced technology, new or mutated animals, and the wildly diverse planets Boetema explores while engaged in what she eventually learns to be astral projection. It's a rousing adventure set in a world that would seem to have many more tales to tell. Ages 13-up. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

There are a lot of intertwining stories in this first volume of a new fantasy series by award-winning artist del Duca. Boetema has begun dreaming of herself on other worlds, not learning until later that she's actually astral projecting and interacting with beings from other planets. Meanwhile, her brother, Inotu, has gotten himself into trouble with local authorities when he overhears sensitive information. When their parents leave the two teens behind while they go make some quick money, the two take the opportunity to skip town in search of jobs and safety. Alas, things don't turn out as they hope. Seaton's art is lovely, if a bit motionless, and her character designs are imaginative, from the brown-skinned townspeople to the fantastical aliens. The story moves quickly, resulting in transitions that are often jarring giving just enough detail to inform the reader and none of the characters have a chance to become fully realized. But the direction the story takes is intriguing enough to hook fantasy lovers, who will look forward to having these issues resolved in the sequel.--Volin, Eva Copyright 2017 Booklist