Steven Universe Guide to the Crystal Gems by Rebecca Sugar

Fangirls, everything is Steven Universe, and nothing everything hurts. This show has taken over many aspects of my life; I talk about it constantly with my boy, I watch it all the time, I read the first volume of the comic, I’ve made food based on it, and now I’ve read a guide for it. I can’t get enough information on the gems, and I just want to soak it all up.


The Guide to the Crystal Gems is a short, illustrated book, written from Steven Universe’s point of view. He explains how the crystal gems were formed, (kind of) how he came to be, a bit about the homeward gems, and then Garnet takes over for a brief explanation of fusions. It’s a wonderful combination of a shattered fourth wall and the childlike wonder Steven has for everything(it’s childlike because he is a child, duh).

I devoured this short book in about 20 minutes; there aren’t many pages, and they’re full of gorgeous illustrations. I think my favorite thing about this was the importance placed on Garnet for explaining the fusions. Garnet understands the importance of love both in and out of fusion, and I think that makes her the best gem to explain them. And she does an absolutely wonderful job at it!


But Garnet isn’t the only gem with a voice in this book; Steven, Pearl, and Amethyst all have little spots in the book where they offer their two-cents, and each of them has a different typeface and color, so it’s easy to discern who is who.

I really had a great time reading this book. Though I had hoped for a bit more mention of Yellow Diamond, I didn’t actually expect that it would happen. I can’t wait to meet her in the show; she seems both terrifying and wonderful. But back on track; this book is phenomenal, and I highly recommend it to any and all Steven Universe fans out there; it’s helpful and cute, and you’ll regret it if you miss out on it.















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