Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Across a Field of Starlight by Blue Delliquanti. The second this tour was announced, I knew I had to read it! Queer SciFi – hell yeah! Plus reading a bit of O Human had my hopes high for this graphic novel. So what did I think?
Thank you to Blue Delliquanti and Random House Graphic for providing me with an copy for this review. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Blue Delliquanti (they/them) is a comic artist and writer based in Minneapolis, MN.
From 2012 to 2020 Blue drew and serialized the Prism Award-winning science fiction comic O Human Star at ohumanstar.com. Blue is also the co-creator of the graphic novel Meal (with Soleil Ho), published through Iron Circus Comics, and The ‘Stan (with David Axe and Kevin Knodell), published through Dead Reckoning. They teach comics courses at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Blue is represented by Jen Linnan of Linnan Literary Management LLC.
About The Book
Title: Across a Field of Starlight
Author: Blue Delliquanti
Publisher: Random House Graphic
Publishing Date: February 8th, 2022
Page Length: 352
Genre: Science Fiction | Graphic Novel
Age Range: YA
Rating: 4 ⭐
Rep: Queer, Transgender, Non-binary
An epic sci-fi graphic novel romance between two non-binary characters as they find one another through time, distance, and war. An amazing story that explores the complexity of human nature and what brings us together.
When they were kids, Fassen’s fighter spaceship crash-landed on a planet that Lu’s survey force was exploring. It was a forbidden meeting between a kid from a war-focused resistance movement and a kid whose community and planet are dedicated to peace and secrecy.
Lu and Fassen are from different worlds and separate solar systems. But their friendship keeps them in each other’s orbit as they grow up. They stay in contact in secret as their communities are increasingly threatened by the omnipresent, ever-expanding empire.
As the empire begins a new attack against Fassen’s people–and discovers Lu’s in the process–the two of them have the chance to reunite at last. They finally are able to be together…but at what cost?
This beautifully illustrated graphic novel is an epic science fiction romance between two non-binary characters as they find one another through time, distance, and war.
This graphic novel was amazing! I absolutely loved it. The art style was gorgeous and colorful. Blue was able to draw diverse, beautiful characters that showed flaws and range! You will fall in love with many of these characters and you will find your heart breaking at times.
Although this is a scifi graphic novel, I think it’s an accessible one. It isn’t high scifi, nor does it bog itself down with over-complicating the science when it does appear. This is more of a character story that happens to take place across space. There were a couple elements that they tried to explain to me, but well above my science understand I ended up taking it at face value – others may not be able to or want to do the same.
I absolutely loved the amount of Diversity in this group! And the normalization of queer relationships and characters was amazing. However, that doesn’t mean these characters, specifically Transgender characters, are without difficulties. Supplies in war-torn counties, including hormone medications, were hard to come by and only those high in military rank were able to afford them.
Blue tackles colonization and displacement well, although I have not wxperience with either personally. I was able yo understand all perspectives thanks to the diverse characters that we follow in this story. I found myself emotionally torn multiple times and you felt helpless to help through most of it. You heart just breaks for these characters and the decisions they need to make. The tech in Across a Field of Starlight was interesting and felt realistic, ad much as science fiction can at times. Nothing felt outlandish.
The strengths in this graphic novel is the art, the characters and the relationship. It all just happens to take place in space. If you are hesitant only because of the science fiction, I don’t believe you have anything to worry about. This is a gorgeous story and I highly recommend it to anyone who love queer stories (and definitely if you’re wanting to branch out into other genres)!