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Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
Ascender, Volume 2: The Dead Sea by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders
Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot and Cara McGee
Clues to the Universe by Christina Li
Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 6 by Ryoko Kui
Five Unicorn Flush by T.J. Berry
Ghost-Spider, Volume 2: Party People by Seanan McGuire and Ig Guara (Illustrations)
Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
The Haunting of Rookward House by Darcy Coates
Hide and Seek by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins
The Hound of Florence by Felix Salten
Legend in Green Velvet by Elizabeth Peters
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates
The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke
Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert
My Almost Flawless Tokyo Dream Life by Rachel Cohn
No Such Thing as Ghosts by Ursula Vernon
Oh My Gods! by Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick, and Juliana Moon (Illustrations)
On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (re-read)
Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
Sky Island by L. Frank Baum
Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
Spore by Alex Scarrow
Stella's Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Winter of Secrets by Vicki Delany

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Ascender, Volume 2: The Dead Sea: 01/12/21

Ascender, Volume 2: The Dead Sea

Ascender, Volume 2: The Dead Sea by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen came out in June but I have been taking my time reading and reviewing the Descender series. Back in April when I reviewed volume 1, I did so without realizing it was a follow up.

The Dead Sea is a combination of Mila's flight across the sea with Telsa and Helda, the sudden pickle Mother finds themselves in, as well as Andy reuniting with Mila's mother. All of that is mixed together with flashbacks to the Descender series.

While the Descender series fit on the road narrative spectrum (like the majority of Lemire's works that I've read), Ascender doesn't. As a continuing of a six volume series, it feels disjointed and distracted. There are too many old characters competing for attention, thus taking away from the core of the new series: the need to protect Mila from Mother.

Book three is The Digital Maze and it released last month.

Four stars

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