The Girl Who Owned A City – O.T. Nelson
A DEADLY VIRUS KILLED EVERY ADULT ON EARTH, LEAVING ONLY US KIDS BEHIND.My parents are gone, so I’m responsible for my little brother Todd. I have to make sure we stay alive. Many kids are sick or starving, and fierce gangs are stealing and destroying everything they find. Lots of people have given up, but here on Grand Avenue, some of us are surviving, because of me.
I figured out how to give the kids on Grand Avenue food, homes, and protection against the gangs. But Tom Logan and his army are determined to take away what we’ve built and rule the streets themselves. How long can we keep fighting them off? We need to find another place for us to live safely.
A strong place, a secret place.
In a world like this, someone has to take charge.
A virus has wiped out every living adult, and children aged 12 and under are all that is left. No adults, no parents, and food is scarce. Society has, of course, broken down. Lisa Nelson has been left to care for her younger Todd.
Lisa is a smart, resourceful girl who has learnt to scavenge for food in places not yet thought of by the other surviving kids. When a rival gang attempts to steal from Lisa and her neighbourhood, she has to figure out a way for them to protect themselves and survive. It is survival of the fittest in this dystopian neighbourhood.
The Girl Who Owned A City has some really nice, vivid illustrations that make these pages come alive. You don’t get a huge look at this world, only small glimpses, but what you do see I really liked.
I will say that at times, Lisa became quite bossy and self-righteous, and I didn’t always like her very much. She is sassy and resourceful, but some of her other traits needed to be kept in check sometimes. I feel like her heart is probably in the right place, but she is not the most likeable character I’ve read.
I did not love this graphic novel. I feel like it had a lot of potential, but something about it just didn’t sit quite right. It is an interesting look at what would happen if every adult suddenly died, but the events that follow in this graphic novel are a little predictable.
This graphic novel is based on a full novel of the same name. I haven’t currently read it, but I think I am going to check it out to see how it compares.
Have you read The Girl Who Owned A City? Let me know your thoughts!