Let’s be honest, Fangirls. I picked up this book because it had the word “Zodiac” in big, dark letters across its front. I bought it when the final issue of Zodiac Starforce came out, and that was on my mind (I still need more of that). After reading the leaves, I knew it wasn’t going to be anything like the comic by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau, but I figured I may as well give it a try.
Convergence is the first book in the Zodiac Legacy series. It follows a team of teenagers as they meet and unite against Maxwell and the Vanguard Company. The teenagers and Maxwell have something incredible in common; they have all become human hosts to the powers of the ancient Chinese zodiac. Steven, the Tiger, leads with Jasmine, half of the Dragon, as they try to come together to stop Maxwell, the other half of the Dragon.
The story follows them as they recruit and train the Ram, the Rooster, the Pig, and the Rabbit. They have to fight for their lives and those of the rest of the planet as Maxwell seeks to take over.
Though this book was well written and illustrated in an interesting way, it wasn’t for me. It took me about a month to get through the first 200 pages, and after that it really took off. I like my books interesting, and this just wasn’t what I was looking for. I thought the illustrations came at weird points; interrupting the story instead of adding to it, and were bizarre sizes, sometimes taking up 3 pages (which didn’t make sense to me in a non-fold out setting). I do think the story was worth reading, but it just didn’t do anything for me.
Though I do not plan on purchasing the second book in the series (The Dragon’s Return), in glad I read this one. I hadn’t read anything directly by Stan Lee before, so it was good to finally do that. I think it would be a good read for 8th through 10th graders.
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