Illustrated by Posuka Demizu
The children at last arrive at the coordinates given to them by William Minerva, and they found a shelter, but the adult living inside is definitely not William Minerva! He also refuses to tell them his name or share his resources with the kids from Grace Field House - he calls them weak and says they'll all die anyway, and he doesn't want to waste anything. But the kids prove they're at least smarter than him, and come to a tenuous agreement. While the kids get to work creating renewable foods and trying to keep the shelter sustainable, Emma and Ray want Mister (Emma's name for him) to help them find the real William Minerva. That means leaving the comfort and safety of the shelter, and there's no guarantee he'll step in and save either one if the demons come after them.
The scheming in this volume continues to show how these kids are all so much smarter than their age would dictate. However, I found the main mechanism used to get Mister to agree to help them a little bit of a stretch. Perhaps Mister is a little bit gullible, or perhaps Emma and Ray are a little bit of the crazy that he claims them to be. I am excited that Emma and Ray have sort of ditched the rest of this burgeoning cast and we can focus more on the two of them and their intelligence. The illustrations of the shelter by Demizu exude warmth and comfort, and it feels like a place kids would want to escape to.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5, vol 6
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
ISBN: 9781974702244 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Dystopian, Horror, Demons, VIZ Media
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