“Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future” by Nick Spencer

Morning Glories, Vol. 1: For a Better Future(Author: Nick Spencer) + (Year: 2011) + (Goodreads)


Review:

The good news is, it doesn’t totally suck. The bad news is, it’s confusing, weird and not very memorable.

I would not deny that there is a story somewhere there behind all the teenage angst drama and the glorification of the main character based on reasons unknown.

The story of Morning Glories is set in a prestige private boarding school where something dark and bloody is going on. The story is interesting enough to push you to read forward, but ultimately, there is not much satisfaction in it, because none of the important questions are answered. The volume ends on a giant cliffhanger, with no explanation about what happens to any of the characters or why.

More so, the characters seem to be more of a moving power for the story than the story itself is, as the two are far away from being linked as of the end of this volume. And the said characters are such sad cliches that there’s no fun in watching them do anything.

  • Exhibit A: A nerd. He who shall fall in love with the main character and will always follow her around.
  • Exhibit B: Emo-goth sad teenager who cries for her boyfriend a lot and always needs saving.
  • Exhibit C: Heroine. She knows all, everyone is after her, they love her and love to hate her. She is always behind every plan and the mastermind behind every escape.

I gave myself a day to mull it over and decide my final verdict. But I don’t think I have the patience or desire to keep on reading this series. I’m mildly curious about the main story, but there’s so much unnecessary fluff around it, that it kills my interest. This book is incapable of anticipating the emotions of the reader and of finding original ways to keep the reader’s attention. None of the characters acts like a real person would, that’s probably one of the main reasons it’s hard to care about them.

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