Can we just talk about mates for a second. Mate mate mate MATE mate mate MaTe mate mate mate… is it just me or is that the only word in the chapter when Feyre and Rhysand confess to one another their feelings? It definitely felt like it. It calms down a little but safe to say, I’m sick of the word mate. I understand its meaning in this case but it is a little cringey. I appreciate the descriptions of Feyre’s struggles. It was definitely set in reality. That panic of being stuck and locked in is something that can be related to easily for most people I’m sure, in one way or another.
Story wise, it is fast paced and a lot happens over the short, 30 page, first issue. It really is snippets into the life of Ziik but being so made me want to pick up the second issue right away. I love a good origin story and that’s exactly what this is yet it’s able to touch on some much deeper and real topics throughout. It becomes an interesting representation of the gang culture, corruption and poverty in busy Nigeria. We get to learn about how all this has an affect on one individual and through his eyes, we see the world around him bit by bit.
In some ways it becomes a classic adventure story, as he travels through this world to complete his quest and learn his truths but amongst this, it creates an interesting discussion on the idea of grief using the young adult, fantasy genre. Sam and his parents are having to deal with the death of his brother and it is very clear that each one of them is dealing with it in a completely different way. In Muanga-Atua, Sam' also comes across a number of people who have lost someone or something dear to them, especially during the current time, and each and every one of them finds their own way to deal with it. The two books together give us a lovely commentary on how we might deals with these things ourselves.