Illustrated by Posuka Demizu
We finally get some much-needed reveal as to why the world is the way it is with farms such as Grace Field House, and, of course, it makes things look bleak for our heroes. The band is miraculously saved from pursuers and deadly demons by a duo of altruistic demons who don’t eat humans for religious reasons. The two teach the kids how to cook and teach Emma how to hunt with a bow and arrow. We learn the reason behind the flower that we see sticking out of dead things throughout the series, and it's actually a nice symbol rather than something perverse. In the end, the kids finally make it to the coordinates they've been moving towards, but what they find is not what they expected at all.
This world that Shirai has set up is intimidating and overwhelming, yet our young heroes are the picture of youthful hope. The way the world is built means more obstacles for this group and I'm interested to see how they will hold out against another set of challenges. I'm also eager to see some of the supporting characters get a chance to shine because til this point it's been mostly Ray and Emma getting the spotlight. Don and Gilda have a bit of personality to them, but the rest of the kids are circles with eyes on them at this point. Demizu's illustrations continue to be creative and a bit spooky. The nice demons are still a little terrifying, and the forest they're traveling through is a dark, mysterious place.
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
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Dystopian, Horror, Demons
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