A huge Thank You to Diamond Book Distributors and TOKYOPOP, via Netgalley for allowing me to read Goldfisch by Nana Yaa in exchange for an honest review.
This review may contain spoilers.
Say hi to Morrey Gibbs! A fisher-boy in a flooded world overrun with dangerous mutated animals known as “anomals”, he’s got his own problems to worry about. Namely, how everything he touches turns to gold! Sure it sounds great, but gold underpants aren’t exactly stylish — or comfortable!
Together with his otter buddy and new inventor friend Shelly, Morrey’s on a quest to rid himself of his blessing-turned-curse and undo the tragedy it caused. That is of course, if they can dodge the treasure-hungry bounty hunters…
Publication date: January 16, 2018.
With a cover like that, I did not expect the story to be as it is. I liked getting to know Morrey and his history, while getting to know what his future holds was great.
I was drawn in by the cover for Goldfisch. I expected that this manga would be a happy, upbeat story. The first half of the book had me interested in reading the rest. The first half, in a little more detail: was when the reader gets to know Morrey, as well as a little bit of this worlds’ history. The first half of Goldfisch is great.
The second half of the book revealed a darker side that I did not expect from Goldfisch. I know there are some dark manga’s out there (though I haven’t read them). Like I said though, Goldfich having a darker side to it completely through me for a loop! Honestly though the darker aspect of this novel is what has me interested in reading the next book, whenever it gets published.
You’d think that because the cover is so up beat and happy that the main character would go on a happy-go-lucky adventure. Instead, we have a story about a boy who is desperate to save his brother from an innocent mistake he made 4 years ago. Goldfisch will tell the story of how Morrey starts the long-awaited adventure and quest of saving his twin.
What I liked most about this first volume is that we see Morrey as a happy-go-lucky twelve-year-old. Like how most 12-year-olds are. Then we reach the halfway point and find out that there’s definitely more than meets the eye with Morrey. He has a secret. One that he is wary to show, but, does in the hopes that the help he will help in finding a cure for his brother.
I’m glad that we get to see and know some of the histories. We get to see what the darkness of Morrey’s past is. We also get to know how the Obtainers get their adventure maps, which turns out to be another somewhat-dark thing about this world.
It was cool getting to know all of the characters. As much as we could in the first volume of this manga anyway.
I ended up liking pretty much everything about Goldfisch. We even have two loose ends that compel the reader to want to read the second volume.
I give Goldfisch, 5 stars on GoodReads.
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