A Very Modern Story of Immigration

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"In an alternate world where aliens have integrated with society, pregnant Nigerian-American doctor Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka has just smuggled an illegal alien plant named Letme Live through LaGuardia International and Interstellar Airport... and that's not the only thing she's hiding. She and Letme become part of a community of human and alien immigrants; but as their crusade for equality continues and the birth of her child nears, Future -- and her entire world -- begins to change."-- Provided by publisher.
"On a planet Earth bursting with integrated extraterrestrial life, Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka is running from Nigeria under mysterious conditions. She's five months pregnant, her fiance doesn't know she's left... and she's smuggling an illegal, sentient plant into New York."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781506710754
Branch Call Number: [GN] FIC/OKORAFOR
Characteristics: 1 volume (unnumbered pages) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Aug 10, 2020

Dark glossy graphics; silly nonsensical story.

Jul 31, 2020

"The cover is a protest: amplifying the voices that call for justice, equality and humanity."

Okorafor riffs on Trump's immigration ban using Nigerian content with a twist: aliens are used to prove a point about diversity and acceptance. Can you discriminate against someone you share DNA with?
Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic. Woo!

Greene_GregL Sep 04, 2019

It's a pretty direct parable to current immigration policies, which makes its imaginativeness surprising and impressive. The characters manage to get well fleshed-out in what is not a very long book, and the art is fantastic.

Chapel_Hill_MaiaJ Jul 16, 2019

It's not every day that an author can transition from novel-writing to comic-writing so smoothly. LaGuardia did not disappoint. I read it in one sitting.

It's obvious from every description and the author's note that this is an allegory about 'America First' immigration policies specifically and racism and fear in America generally. Usually I find that stories suffer from being overly allegorical, but this story was unique and engaging. Although there were clear parallels with real world events, it didn't seem forced at all. She builds fearful anti-alien characters with compassion while tracing an arc that reveals the absurdity of their prejudices. She creates a large cast of characters from across the world and the universe that illustrates the complexities of immigration, war, and hatred.

My one complaint is a common complaint I have with comics released issue by issue. Some scenes felt rushed or under-developed, and I blame this on the length restrictions for each issue. Still overall a wonderful, worthwhile read. Plus Tana Ford's art is amazing. Despite my complaints about it, I'm so glad this is a comic and not a novel, so I get to see these illustrations.

This is an allegory about fear and prejudice, but it is not a hopeless story. It is full of love and life and growth. I highly recommend this to fans of futuristic scifi, afrofuturism, and those interested in a new way to explore issues of prejudice and immigration.


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