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A sci-fi drama of a high school aged girl who belongs in a different time, a boy possessed by emptiness as deep as space, an alien artifact, mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years. To Amy, everyone has a flavor, and when that flavor begins to disappear, it spells trouble. After the crushing confrontation with Oliver, Amy is on the hunt for answers. This leads A sci-fi drama of a high school aged girl who belongs in a different time, a boy possessed by emptiness as deep as space, an alien artifact, mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years. To Amy, everyone has a flavor, and when that flavor begins to disappear, it spells trouble. After the crushing confrontation with Oliver, Amy is on the hunt for answers. This leads her to an old, moldy water containment facility, and leaves her with more questions than answers. At the same time, some of Amy's closest friends may be drifting apart.


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A sci-fi drama of a high school aged girl who belongs in a different time, a boy possessed by emptiness as deep as space, an alien artifact, mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years. To Amy, everyone has a flavor, and when that flavor begins to disappear, it spells trouble. After the crushing confrontation with Oliver, Amy is on the hunt for answers. This leads A sci-fi drama of a high school aged girl who belongs in a different time, a boy possessed by emptiness as deep as space, an alien artifact, mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years. To Amy, everyone has a flavor, and when that flavor begins to disappear, it spells trouble. After the crushing confrontation with Oliver, Amy is on the hunt for answers. This leads her to an old, moldy water containment facility, and leaves her with more questions than answers. At the same time, some of Amy's closest friends may be drifting apart.

30 review for Space Boy Volume 5

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Nothing new to report here: low-key engaging with a heavy emphasis on teen angst and a slow trickle of new information. Oh, wait, one curious thing: As noted in a previous review of mine, all male characters have flat feet, and all female characters are depicted en pointe (enlarge the cover thumbnail to see an example) . . . except the art teacher with flat feet who otherwise presents as female. Does this denote transgender in the Space Boy universe?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Vol 5 doesn't actiually come out until later this year, but I've just spent all day catching up on the rest of this comic online (it's available on webtoons.com - it's free and has been the authors main platform for the last 4 years). Definitely going to keep buying these as they come out- the story is so great, and the author is definiutely a creator I want to be supporting!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    Any book in a series that begins with "The next day..." should immediately be trashed. No preamble? Not a single reference to what's come before? Clearly it was something of import! After that rough start, the fifth Space Boy volume largely rights the ship through great art, interesting discussion of prosthetics, and a quality plot development from Cassie(!). Amy moons over Oliver, exploring his graffiti art in an abandoned water treatment plant behind the school. At this point, I can't remember Any book in a series that begins with "The next day..." should immediately be trashed. No preamble? Not a single reference to what's come before? Clearly it was something of import! After that rough start, the fifth Space Boy volume largely rights the ship through great art, interesting discussion of prosthetics, and a quality plot development from Cassie(!). Amy moons over Oliver, exploring his graffiti art in an abandoned water treatment plant behind the school. At this point, I can't remember why we care about him. She also goes on a dress-shopping excursion with Cassie that leads to a Stunning Plot Development ((view spoiler)[David breaks up with Cassie! (hide spoiler)] ) that's honestly more exciting than any of the Oliver stuff. I really feel like I should be bored with this series, and yet somehow I'm not.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn B

    I really love this series. This one was a little more love story than before - or rather the bumpiness of a potential love story and the end of another. But I still love how authentic everyone feels even though this is set well into the future. I’m hoping for a bit more of Oliver in the next one though. It’s very light on the Space Boy for a series named after him.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    How do the adorable little graphic novels in this series always manage to pack such powerful punches of cuteness and emotion in such a short time-span? I'm amazed and delighted, always.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jen Appell

    This series is so adorable and honest and complex. AND SPACE.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a must-read. The art was amazing, the storyline was good and fresh and fun, it was overall very good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan Steeves

    February cannot come soon enough!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    Series Info/Source: This is the fifth book in the Space Boy series. I borrowed this book from the library. Story (3/5): The story continues to move really slow and doesn’t make much progress. A lot of time is spent on really mundane things like Amy in art class or at lunch. I am just finding the pace to be too slow for me and the story too meandering. Characters (4/5): We spend a lot of time with Amy and Cassie in this book. Amy is trying to deal with Oliver’s rejection and Cassie is trying to Series Info/Source: This is the fifth book in the Space Boy series. I borrowed this book from the library. Story (3/5): The story continues to move really slow and doesn’t make much progress. A lot of time is spent on really mundane things like Amy in art class or at lunch. I am just finding the pace to be too slow for me and the story too meandering. Characters (4/5): We spend a lot of time with Amy and Cassie in this book. Amy is trying to deal with Oliver’s rejection and Cassie is trying to convince Amy to prep for the upcoming school dance. Meanwhile, Cassie is having some issues of her own as her and her boyfriend grow apart. Oliver really isn’t in the story much. So far this has been a very character driven series. Setting (3/5): This episode is again set on future Earth. The main advancement seems to be smart eyeglasses. It’s okay but I wish we saw more of the outer space colonies. Drawing/Writing Style (4/5): The dialogue is well written and easy to follow. The illustration is very cartoony and bright and easy to follow. It’s a very well put together graphic novel. Summary (3.5/5): Although I enjoy the characters and the illustration style, this series continues to move too slow for me. There isn’t a very solid plot and the story doesn’t progress very much in each volume. I didn’t realize that this was a webcomic which can be read for free online. While I probably won’t continue to get the graphic novels, I might go ahead and read the web comic online. Not sure right now.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    After reading this book, I realized that I must have skipped #4! I'll have to go back to see what I missed. No wonder I felt a little lost while reading. In this installment, Amy and Oliver are on the outs. She wants to be done with him, but she is also so intrigued by him and wants to help him get away from the Nothing. She remembers that he frequently goes off into the woods, so she heads there hoping to find him. Instead, she comes across an abandoned water treatment plant where Oliver has After reading this book, I realized that I must have skipped #4! I'll have to go back to see what I missed. No wonder I felt a little lost while reading. In this installment, Amy and Oliver are on the outs. She wants to be done with him, but she is also so intrigued by him and wants to help him get away from the Nothing. She remembers that he frequently goes off into the woods, so she heads there hoping to find him. Instead, she comes across an abandoned water treatment plant where Oliver has painted several murals. But what do these images mean? Meanwhile, Cassie insists on taking Amy shopping so she can find a dress for homecoming. But Cassie gets quite a shock when David breaks up with her - over the phone. I love the artwork in these books - but they are too short! I want to keep reading and reading and have more happen. Instead, I fly through these in under an hour.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Esme

    This series is a quiet emotional drama set in the future, with an extremely slow-paced mystery about a (potentially dangerous) space boy. The retro-futuristic art is cozy. The color palette makes me want to live inside the book. This volume in particular had several comedic moments and some creepy artwork by Oliver. My only critique was that Cassie is a stereotype of all the negative female traits--gossipy, superficial, etc. She told Amy a sob story about an ex-boyfriend, but it wasn't detailed This series is a quiet emotional drama set in the future, with an extremely slow-paced mystery about a (potentially dangerous) space boy. The retro-futuristic art is cozy. The color palette makes me want to live inside the book. This volume in particular had several comedic moments and some creepy artwork by Oliver. My only critique was that Cassie is a stereotype of all the negative female traits--gossipy, superficial, etc. She told Amy a sob story about an ex-boyfriend, but it wasn't detailed enough to endear her to the reader. But finally at the very end of this volume we see Cassie with the potential to self-reflect and change.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Hill

    Nah. This series just isn't doing it for me. I am interested in the plot but it's just moving sooo slowly. There has been maybe 1-2 volumes worth of content in 5 volumes. Each volume just bores me and feels like a waste of time, and more importantly, money. I have rated each volume 3 stars - I am interested, but it just isn't doing anything to fuel my interest. Although it will be difficult for the completionist side of me, I think I am going to give up on the series - at least on purchasing Nah. This series just isn't doing it for me. I am interested in the plot but it's just moving sooo slowly. There has been maybe 1-2 volumes worth of content in 5 volumes. Each volume just bores me and feels like a waste of time, and more importantly, money. I have rated each volume 3 stars - I am interested, but it just isn't doing anything to fuel my interest. Although it will be difficult for the completionist side of me, I think I am going to give up on the series - at least on purchasing them. I think I will look into reading this series online from here on out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    It's tempting to continue reading online, but I think it'll be better in the long run if I stick to the physical copies. So, I reckon I'm looking forward to the next book, and maybe I'll check it out instead of just reading the whole thing sitting in front of the bookshelves I'm supposed to be straightening. And since I haven't really been reviewing the story thus far, I'm just gonna say that I really like the characters, and the plot is intriguing thus far. Plus I like the art style. Meets all It's tempting to continue reading online, but I think it'll be better in the long run if I stick to the physical copies. So, I reckon I'm looking forward to the next book, and maybe I'll check it out instead of just reading the whole thing sitting in front of the bookshelves I'm supposed to be straightening. And since I haven't really been reviewing the story thus far, I'm just gonna say that I really like the characters, and the plot is intriguing thus far. Plus I like the art style. Meets all my requirements for a good graphic novel!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aud

    I don't actually know how much of the webcomic is in this volume but I've read everything that's available (were getting into volume 6 now I think) and it's a beautifully crafted comic. The art is gorgeous. The story is amazing and sad and heartwarming and exciting. I definitely want to own this one physically.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Delaney Felix

    These just always make me so happy, even when they’re about tough topics. They’re so good and I can’t wait to read the next volume. Even though it comes out in FEBRUARY!!! If you haven’t read volume 1, I highly recommend this series to everyone!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Froese

    This is a science-fiction graphic novel that develops over the course of the series rather than just one novel. The complexity of relationship and positive self messaging are prevalent. Good pic for a middle school aged audience.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    4.5 stars I was worried that the series was starting to go stale, but in this volume a lot happens. Learning more about Oliver and good character growth, especially from Cassie. And yes, I was reading a bunch of short/graphic books to reach my goal.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Drucilla

    There are just so many good things about this volume. There's a lot more character interaction, and I'm glad we learn a little bit more about Cassie. I was hoping her controlling behavior would get addressed at some point and I liked the way McCranie handled it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    Need more NOW

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This is one of those times that I wish I’d waited until all the books were out before starting. I’m enjoying it so much, but it’s hard to wait months between volumes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diana-christie

    Sad that Oliver wasn't really in it. He made it for several pages walking away from Amy but didn't speak.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Another great volume in this series. I could have done without the Crossdress Thursday for Spirit Week conversation but overall it was good. Looking forward to the next volume.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Ann

    This is a compelling series, although it is stringing out the Oliver mystery a little too much. I can't wait for the next one to come out!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennybeast

    I think I've run out of interest. I still like the characters, but the plot is just dogging along.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Birnbaum

    Can't wait to see this in print, as the story continues to build as Amy and friends uncover the larger plot in McCranie's WEBTOON/print comic Space Boy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Ahhhhh!! All the feels! Cannot wait until February for the next installment! Ahhhhh!! All the feels! 😭 Cannot wait until February for the next installment!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    Still a fave series. Exploring the water treatment plant is a favorite scene of mine.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Tudor

    Adorable... just like the others.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Timea

    In this volume, the central theme is Amy's wish to discover more about Oliver and the conflict between two of her new friends, Cassie and David. Amy has no idea what is going on with Oliver, but still wants to help him, which just broke my heart. Reading this comic again after a year (perhaps more?) definitely changes my perspective. I already know Oliver's secret and all the hints are so much more tragic to me now. One example are the murals that Amy discovers, that will later be explained in a In this volume, the central theme is Amy's wish to discover more about Oliver and the conflict between two of her new friends, Cassie and David. Amy has no idea what is going on with Oliver, but still wants to help him, which just broke my heart. Reading this comic again after a year (perhaps more?) definitely changes my perspective. I already know Oliver's secret and all the hints are so much more tragic to me now. One example are the murals that Amy discovers, that will later be explained in a long flashback - it was just really sad :( Cassie's problem with her boyfriend also made me appreciate the comic more, because I had already forgotten what a good friend Amy is, especially in that situation. Her individual look on things and, of course, her experience with her best friend Jemmah living 30 years apart, gives her a unique attitude to such topics. It was handled in a very mature way (and not overly dramatic like in many romances). Every time I reach the end of a Space Boy comic, I want to read more, which really makes no sense at all, because I have already read the following chapters. It's just that the current webtoons chapters are so much later, when Oliver's mystery is lifted. These chapters still have their high school charm that I enjoyed at the beginning. Nevertheless, I'm excited for the next books and the first climax that is approaching. There's going to be so much suspense!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    Hmm... So this seems one of those Mid-Series Books where it feels like things should happen, but nothing really happens until the very end where (view spoiler)[Cassie and David break up totally out of left field (hide spoiler)] , and even that was more random drama than exciting plot twist. Even the (view spoiler)[discovery of Oliver's mysterious graffiti in the creepy abandoned factory (hide spoiler)] wasn't enough to keep the story going for me. Hopefully the plot will start to come together Hmm... So this seems one of those Mid-Series Books where it feels like things should happen, but nothing really happens until the very end where (view spoiler)[Cassie and David break up totally out of left field (hide spoiler)] , and even that was more random drama than exciting plot twist. Even the (view spoiler)[discovery of Oliver's mysterious graffiti in the creepy abandoned factory (hide spoiler)] wasn't enough to keep the story going for me. Hopefully the plot will start to come together again in the next volume, because I really like this series. However, I DON'T much like getting a whole book's worth of "Nothing", which is what I feel I got here. Total let-down.

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