Published by First Second on September 10, 2013
China, 1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants.
Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers—commoners trained in kung fu—who fight to free China from "foreign devils."
Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of "secondary devils"—Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity.
I’m back once again with yet another book review. There will be more real posts coming soon, I think. This was yet another book that I read for the Creating & Co RIP Readathon. This was my read in a format that you don’t normally read in. This book set is the story of the Boxer Rebellion told from both sides, one being Saints and the other side being Boxers. This story is written in a manga style, which is definitely a format that I don’t read in very often if at all.
In this review, I will tell you a bit about both books and then summarize the whole story. In the first book that I finished was Saints. This story follows a girl named Four-girl, who is later known as Vibiana in the book and her life becoming a Christian. In the process of becoming a Christian, Vibiana seems to have delusions that Joan of Arc appears to her several times throughout her life. In the end Vibiana and her cousin Chung meet up again, but end up on different sides of the rebellion.
In the second book, Boxers it is told from the perspective of a little boy named Little Bao who growing up in China encounters the foreigners, Christians, early on in his childhood. It is also from a distance that he lusts after Vibiana before meeting Mei-wen who continues to stay with him for a long time. Mei-wen even trains with Little Bao before he kicks her out and then she forms her own army called the Red Lanterns.
I won’t spoil the ending for you, but you can do your own research on the Boxer Rebellion to see how that ended to get a bit more perspective on the manga. It’s a little sad the ending of the book, but I like how the Boxer Rebellion is told from two different perspectives and from two people who only have a chance meeting in life.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I’ll be back soon with another post and possibly a more interesting one.