Author: James Tynion IV
Illustrator: Rian Sygh
Title: The Backstagers Vol. 1
Series: The Backstagers
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
All the world's a stage . . . but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic literally!
When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he s taken in by the only ones who don t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In a first for Magnolia Reviews, I am reviewing a graphic novel made available on Netgalley. Unfortunately, the Netgalley version of this title only offered the first twenty-five pages of the story. I was essentially given the first chapter and told to provide a full review. I was able to get a feel of the characters and the plot, but it honestly wasn't enough. I can say that I did enjoy what little I was given and that I absolutely would like to read more, but without the full story I can't give this book anything higher than three petals.
Jory is feeling upset and alone after his mother changes jobs and he has to start at a new school. His mother insists he join a club to make some friends, so Jory heads to the theater club hoping to become an actor. Then he meets the cliquish and rude actors and is sent to retrieve an item for them. He heads backstage where he is introduced to a strange world of magic.
I've been where Jory was, walking onto the stage for the school musical and being ignored by the snobby actors because I was a mere costume designer. The book over-emphasizes the level of snobbery to a slightly ridiculous amount, but I found myself empathizing with Jory regardless. I liked him as a character and found the rest of the people working backstage to be equally interesting.
The rest of the story I had issues with. The strange magic backstage is never explained, nor are the rest of the characters given full introductions. Without that needed information the story falls completely flat. The lack is most likely because most of that happens in chapter two and I was only provided chapter one.
Recommending this story is very hard because I was only provided the first twenty-five pages on Netgalley. I liked what I was given, and the characters and magic were definitely interesting, but without the full story I can't say whether the overall book was good or not. I'll let you make your own decision when the full story eventually comes out.
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