One Trick Pony

One Trick Pony

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In a future where alien beings consume technology as a few humans try to preserve it, Strata, her brother, and a friend are separated from their caravan and, with a wonderful robotic horse, must fight their way back.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781419721281
Characteristics: 127 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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A graphic novel set far in the future where a lot of Earth and all technologies have been destroyed by creatures called the Pipers. A girl named Strata is one of the few survivors and is trying to save what is left.

The aliens are here! Strata and her family are part of a small group of human survivors after the destruction of Earth by electricity-sucking, flying aliens. If you love aliens, robots and survival stories, this graphic novel is sure to delight! AL_KELSEY

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JCLChrisK Nov 04, 2017

In a break from his historical nonfiction "Hazardous Tales" series, Hale tells a standalone tale of a distant future. It's a unique setting for an unusual story, with stellar artwork, pacing, action, and drama. I hope he does more like it.

forbesrachel Apr 09, 2017

Nathan Hale has crafted a thrilling post-apocalyptic story with a distinct landscape. Strata, Inby, and Auger hale from a people who live in old, modified trailers, skirting around dangerous places known as hot zones, while trying to preserve what is left of technology. They have a few robots, and records, but they can't completely rely on these remnants. Others though, have reverted to a bronze age level of civilization, for technology attracts the pipers, alien entities which eat anything mechanical. It is the pipers who brought about the downfall of mankind, and it is they who have carved holes into the land and buildings from that by-gone era. Avoiding these bubble-making, insect-like creatures, is the key to survival, something which becomes impossible when the three young protagonists discover an undiscovered cash of tech, and a golden robotic pony. While much of the volume is filled with an exciting chase sequence, the author also takes the time to build up the world and impart some wisdom. One such instance has the characters drawing a parallel between this story and that of Pied Piper of Hamlin, a tale about value. The splashes of yellow used throughout this grey-toned world help draw our attention to different spheres of this concept; there are the things that are valued, there are greedy who eye things of value (all the pipers have globular eyes!), etc. As a final note on the art, Hale has an excellent sense of composition. One Trick Pony has some strong themes for its foundation, however, in the end, it all ties back to the idea behind the title... sometimes a one trick pony can be the most valuable thing in the world, if you are broad-minded enough to see it.


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