Illustrated by Posuka Demizu
The Battle at Goldy Pond rages on, and the group is left with Leuvis, the most fearsome of all the hunting demons. The attackers are a smaller group than originally intended, but they use their intellect to find more ways to hurt Leuvis. They discover several things that can add up to victories. Firstly, if they use flash bombs on him, he has to use his regenerative power to repair the damage to his optic nerve, which takes some of the efforts away from healing from regular bullets. The kids try to use their small size as an advantage by trapping Leuvis in smaller spaces. Then, they get help from Adam, the giant, simple “child” who flings pieces of buildings at Leuvis and throws him up in the air. Together, the just might beat Leuvis and be able to leave Goldy Pond behind for good.
The kids continue to show their selflessness and willingness to sacrifice for the good of their family. It is often heartbreaking, but in this volume, we have some sacrifices that don't end up coming to fruition. The kids work together extremely well, especially since Ray and Mister have just started helping the Goldy Pond kids that Emma has been with for several days. There are also some really beautiful illustrations spanning one or two full pages that show the dichotomy of a frightening thing like Leuvis in a cheerful looking place like Goldy Pond.
The gore, and the dark nature of this story, continue to make this something appropriate for older teens.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5, vol 6, vol 7, vol 8, vol 9, vol 10
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
ISBN: 9781974708383 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Dystopian, Horror, Demons
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