Tune Book 2: Still Life by Derek Kirk Kim and Les McClaine
Review by Lauren
copy for review, but all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Andy Go thought he was signing on for an easy job as an exhibit in an alien zoo - but it turns out his contract is for life! How can he escape? In the second instalment of the TUNE series, our hapless hero Andy Go is settling into life in an alien zoo...as one of the exhibits. It's not so bad: the food is good, and his environment is a perfect copy of his house back on Earth. But everything falls to pieces when Andy realizes he's been tricked: there will be no weekend visits back to Earth, as he was promised, and his contract doesn't last one year...it lasts a lifetime.
Review: I wouldn't read the above summary if you're worried about any spoilers, but at that rate, you might not want to read this review. However, I'll try to keep things as spoiler-free as I can! Tune: Still Life is the second book in this graphic novel series. Andy Go is an artist who thinks that he can drop out of school and still be successful. Obviously, that's not always true, especially when it comes to the arts. Andy finds himself lying around his parent's house in the first book without much to do, until he is given what seems like a wonderful job opportunity.
Tune: Still Life is where Andy enters this new job and finally realizes that he is stuck for more than a year, but rather his entire life. He is just a creature to be looked at and most of his "employers" think they are above him. There is one girl though that is interested in Andy's artwork and wants to learn how to draw too, even if her father would be mad if he found out.
I love that Andy narrates the entire story, giving readers enough information. The world within Tune is very fascinating, though I don't want to go into too much detail for fear of ruining things for others. Regardless, Tune is a really good series and when I finished the first book, I knew I had to have the second. Tune: Still Life was a great addition to the series and once again, I am dying to read the third book.
As for the artwork, I thought it was well done. Everything is in black and white, but the objects are clear and easy to view. The boxes on each page all float on a black background of stars, which is suitable to the book and a different way of placing the photos and text on the page. The page below shows you want I mean!
Music Pick: "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell