Stephen is used to invisibility. He was born that way. Invisible. Cursed.
Elizabeth sometimes wishes for invisibility. When you’re invisible, no one can hurt you. So when her mother decides to move the family to New York City, Elizabeth is thrilled. It’s easy to blend in there.
The world he creates is completely emersive and you almost absorb his words rather than read them, you care deeply about his “good” characters and hate deeply, at least initially his “bad” ones. Why the quote marks, around “bad” and “good”? well you really need to read the books to know why, without me spoiling it, but suffice it to say, the line between good and bad is down to your point of view.
I’m not going to lie. One of the big reasons I bought this book was the fantastic cover by Kristian Donaldson, and I’m pleased to say that, he wonderful artwork continues thoughout the book, and is one of the best things about an already pretty decent graphic novel.
Narrated by cabin boy, Matt Cruise, the story takes a cracking pace that keeps building as it twists and turns, taking in life on the Aurora, an attack by pirates, a desert island, a hidden pirate base and returns for the climax on the airship’s exterior high above the ocean.
This again makes a novel that is much more than it’s central romance, it’s also about what Ellie and Graham want and need from their lives, and finding their places in the world. Graham’s isolation is particularly well drawn and balanced against the love of his job.