This was my first ever graphic book from Netgalley. Thank you for the free ARC! Although, a note to my future self: “Do not download graphic books on Kindle, even when it is an available format!” It was definitely a struggle to read.
Trapped on a planet millions of light years away from Earth, five scientists must survive sub-zero temperatures and horrific alien creatures as they make their way across the dead, frozen landscape to their base in this action-packed graphic novel.
It is the age of space exploration, and five scientists travel 80 million light years from home to study the planet of Siberia, the location of Earth’s 56th colony. Completely covered with dense snow and steep mountains, Siberia’s poles reach temperatures of -300° F with icy winds of close to 200 mph.
After their shuttle crashes, the surviving scientists must walk across hundreds of miles of frozen wasteland to find the terrain basecamp. Between the biting cold, devastating snow storms, and horrific alien creatures, their chances of survival are close to absolute zero. In Siberia 56, author Christophe Bec imagines a hostile and fascinating world that harkens to the very best of the science fiction and horror genres. Superbly illustrated by Alexis Sentenac, this stunning work offers a chilling tale of survival in the vast recesses of a dying planet.
You all know that I’ve been talking about sci-fi and dystopian for a couple of months now, and I’m currently jumping at anything new in these genres! (I am also looking for a new sci-fi/dystopian TV show, but after the 100 nothing seems to be good enough! If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments section below!)
When I saw this on NetGalley – gorgeous cover + absolute dream of a sci-fi settings, I had to request it and was so happy to get my request approved!
My first mistake was to not download the pdf version before the graphic novel got archived! Because, as I mentioned earlier, the kindle version was very hard to read as the images were separated from the text, and that alone ruined my experience.
Another thing that struck me as unappealing, was the main character and how conveniently everything was presented to him. The writer was trying to portray him as a hero, saving lives and killing these creatures, but at points it felt too forced.
The story itself was definitely interesting and if I ever see this graphic novel in the bookstore I will definitely get it for myself! It is a perfect “injection” of sci-fi when you crave something unworldly but don’t have time to emerge into a complex and huge book.
⭐⭐⭐ / 5
Have you read any other sci-fi graphic novels? Let me know in the comments down below!