Review: The Cloud Searchers (Amulet) by Kazu Kibuishi


The Amulet #3: The Cloud Searchers
The Cloud Searchers
(Amulet: Book 3 )

Kazu Kibuishi

Year Published:
September 1, 2010
Non- Fiction:
Why Picked:
Continuing to read a series.
Number of Pages: 208
In the third installment of the thrilling Amulet series, Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of Cielis, a mythical city believed to be located on an island high above the clouds. The mysterious Leon Redbeard is their guide, and there’s a surprising new addition to the crew: the Elf King’s son, Trellis. But is he ally or enemy? And will Emily ever be able to trust the voice of the Amulet? (GoodReads Summary)
While I am enjoying this series, I am not sure that I will continue pre-reading it for much longer.  What is pre-reading you ask?  Well, my 7- and 11- year-olds both like graphic novels.  But with the grittiness of a lot of the stuff that I prefer to read and the hyper-sexualization of manga, I prefer to pre-read many of the books that arrive from the library in graphic form.  This story is at a level I am certainly comfortable letting the 11-year-old read without supervision.

For me the series story is moving a bit slowly.  While I like the art and some of the characters, I wish that the plot move forward a bit more quickly. I think that the audience it is aimed at might like s slower story development, I prefer more action.

Many other reviewers liken this one to Star Wars, but I think that that is because in many people’s head Star Wars is now merely short hand for “The Hero’s Journey.” Because Joseph Campbell is not discussed with the same amount of zeal as he was during the initial release of Star Wars, people have forgotten that “The Hero’s Journey” is one of the major plots for storytelling.  This one, so far,  has all the major plot points of “The hero’s Journey.” The “Call to Adventure” where the Hero is introduced to a New World, check. The “Crossing the First Threshold,” check. The “Road of Trials,” check.  The “Atonement with the Father,” check.   The list goods on and on. So given that, we know where the story is heading.  I am just not sure it is different enough to keep me engaged in the telling.

In the end, this series is a definite go for younger readers and very much so for younger girl readers as the hero in this journey is a young girl. For older readers, it depends on your taste.  I prefer my graphic novels a bit more grown-up and gritty.