Hakata Soy's past life as the leader of a futuristic super team won't stay in the past!The former space hero is doing his best to keep his head down at Astronaut Academy. Things aren't going so great, though. The most popular girl in school has it in for him. His best friend won't return his calls. And his new roommate is a complete jock who only cares about Fireball.Hakata just wants to make a fresh start. But how will he find time to study Anti-Gravity Gymnastics and Tactical Randomness when he's got a robot doppelganger on its way to kill him?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, chiefly Illustrations
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
- Publication Date: 17/06/2011
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9781596436206
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Review by zzshupinga
I got this through Goodreads Giveaway program Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity is the first of at least two planned books (the sequel probably coming out next year). It tells the story of Hakata Soy as the new kid at Astronaut Academy as he settles into the school and gets used to his classmates (who honestly, are just a wee bit weird) and tries to catch up to his classwork (he was held captive by his archenemies for a few weeks so was late to the start of school.) And as he settles in he discovers his enemies are still out there and maybe on their way. In the meantime Hakata has to navigate the weird waters of his classmates and hopefully make a couple of friends along the way.This has been a bit difficult of a book for me to review and I think that the main problem is that I'm not the target audience. The book is really meant for ages 7 to 14ish. And unlike other books for that age group (like Owly) it doesn't translate well for adults. The biggest problems for me are the sense of humor and the way the story has multiple subchapters, each only lasting a few pages, and then switching to another viewpoint. It's not a bad thing, it just comes close to doing my head in at the moment. So for adults...put yourself in the mindset of a 8 year old and go hog wild.But for kids...I think they'd really enjoy it, especially elementary age kids. It reads like how you often hear them talk and tell stories. And the fact that it switches viewpoints every few pages is a bonus because it allows for kids to find the character they identify with. It reminds me a lot of some of the current cartoons on television today (I mean that in the best way possible) and the story isn't something that you would regret letting your kid read. The artwork suits the story well and reminds me a lot of the artwork from the cartoon "Kids Next Door" (come to think of it so does the storytelling.)It's a romping good adventure if you're the right age (or have the right mindset) and I'd highly recommend it.
Review by ElizaJane
Reason for Reading: It sounded like a lot of fun.This tells of the happenings of first semester at Astronaut Academy. Opening with the official promotional guide the principal shows off the school and then we start off with the main character Hakata Soy arriving at the school a month late due to his former status as a space hero. Then in a unique way, each short "chapter" starts off with "My name is ...." and is told from the point of view of various different classmates, the occasional teacher or surprise narrator. Of course, nothing is as simple as it seems and Hakata's first semester is interrupted when a robot shows up with a mission to kill him.I'll have to say this underwhelmed me. It just wasn't my kind of humour. It was silly, just not that funny. Now, I won't say it wasn't entertaining, I'll give it that but I had expected more. Kids who like school humour will probably enjoy this the most. A caveat to parents who like to be aware of this type of content, there is a brief, 3 panel, episode involving a h*m*s*xual student. Overall, fun but just OK in my opinion.
Review by mroc3827
This book is about a boy who fights crime on other planets. But his mom thinks that it wont provide enough for him to live. So his mom sends him to a school in the middle of nowhere in space. While he is there strange things begin to happen, such as killer robots. This is the best graphic novel I have ever read. It has a good story line to it, and I plan to read the second book witch covers his break and second semester. This a good book for all ages that can read.
Review by Sullywriter
Entertaining silliness in outer space.