Caramel has been reviewing the Cleopatra in Space graphic novel series by Mike Maihack, and he has already reviewed the first three books. (You might find it useful to check out his reviews of the first book Target Practice, the second book The Thief and the Sword, and the third book Secret of the Time Tablets before continuing on.) Today he talks about the fourth book in the series: The Golden Lion. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel tell me about this book.
Caramel: The book is about Cleopatra and the Golden Lion. The Golden Lion is a star that fell on to a distant planet and Cleo wants to find it. But I am not sure it is really a star, because a star could not really fall on a planet and both still continue to be.
S: I understand. You are right. Stars are also almost always bigger than planets. Maybe it was a comet–
C: Or maybe it is a neutron star. Those can be smaller.
S: Good point! So why does Cleo want to find this Golden Lion?
C: I am not sure. I think it is in the prophesy about Cleo. But if you want the general summary of the book, let me read you the description at the back cover of the book:
Cleo is back at Yasiro Academy, recovering from the tragic events that occurred on planet Hykosis. She feels responsible for the death of her friend Zaid, and trains nonstop. And when she learns that the Golden Lion — a star with immeasurable energy that could destroy them all if weaponized — has been located, she goes alone to the snowy, icy planet Cada’duun to find it. There, she faces off with a new enemy who has been instructed to destroy the Golden Lion…and her.
S: Hmm, that sounds interesting, so she is trying to protect her friends and the Yasiro Academy, right?
C: I think so.
S: Apparently some aliens in the book speak in equations. What did you think of that?
C: I am not sure it makes any sense.
S: Why not? A lot of people say math is a language.
C: But there are so many things you cannot say with equations.
C: Like, where is the pizza?
S: Hmm, maybe there is a variable for pizza and the question template “where is …” is a function w(..), then you could say w(Pizza)?
C: I don’t think that makes sense.
S: That is probably because you do not know algebra yet so algebraic notation seems confusing.
C: That is true. I do not know algebra. But coming back to the book, Antony is back and he is a litter bug.
S: Who was Antony? Is this the Antony who marries Cleopatra in the real history?
C: But this is millions of years in the future, that does not make sense.
S: But I mean you told me earlier that there was a character named Antony who was a thief, right?
C: Right. That was in The Thief and the Sword. It is the same thief.
S: I see. I understand there is a surprise twist at the end?
C: Yes, but I’m not going to tell you about it. You need to read it yourself.
S: So what do you think of Cleo? Do you find her relatable? Do you like her? Do you understand how she feels when you read her thoughts and actions?
C: Yes. I like her. But I think she does not always make the right decisions. Kind of like Harry Potter who also makes wrong decisions, and she goes off to do things on her own without getting help from friends.
S: I know, right? But if the main character always did the right thing, the stories would be less interesting and much shorter I think. So some readers say that this was the most intense book of the series so far. What do you think?
C: I think so. She is in big trouble here, someone is trying to kill her. And it gets a bit tense.
S: I see. So what are your three words to describe the book this time?
C: Colorful, exciting, and fun.
S: Are you looking forward to the fifth book?
C: Yes, but it will have to wait till next year. I do not have the book yet.
S: I know. And we are wrapping up this year, you have only one more review to do, and then we take off for January.
S: Okay, so this is your penultimate review for 2021. What do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!