Friday, March 2, 2018

YA Pick of the Week: Malagash by Joey Comeau

Recently, Malagash won an Alex Award, which is an award for the best Adult Books for Teens. It is a useful category (YA is not all-encompassing, and there are books that are amazing for teenagers in the "adult" canon as well as ones that are not--a guide is helpful).

 If you do not know Joey Comeau's work, which is likely or at the least plausible, he was one of the two creators of the webcomic A Softer World--the comic is now over, but people still use the format for fan art for other things. He also wrote some of the Bravest Warrior comics, and many other things, all of which could be considered notable but not many of which could necessarily be considered "well-known." I was glad to see Malagash get noticed.

Anyway, Malagash, the place, is a town on the north shore of Nova Scotia, several miles north of where we are in Marshfield. It is the place that Sunday's parents are from, and they've returned there now because her father is dying of cancer and wants to die where he grew up. Her family is devastated, but Sunday has a plan. She starts recording everything her father says, so that she can write a computer virus that will say his words and think his thoughts, and live secretly on the hard drives of millions of people all over the world. It is not as good as a father, sure, but in this virus he can live forever.

It is a weird, small book about family and what gets remembered and how to process grief and how to hack computers. Our library copy just came in!

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