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Fence: Striking Distance

By Sarah Rees Brennan and Johanna The Mad and C.S. Pacat
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Publisher Description

The boys of Kings Row bout with drama, rivalry, and romance in this original YA novel by The New York Times bestselling author Sarah Rees Brennan — inspired by the award-nominated comic series by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad.
Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion who dreams of getting the proper training he could never afford. After earning a place on the elite Kings Row fencing team, Nicholas must prove himself to his rival, Seiji Katayma, and navigate the clashes, friendships, and relationships between his teammates on the road to state championships -- where Nicholas might finally have the chance to spar with his golden-boy half-brother.
Coach Williams decides to take advantage of the boys' morale after a recent victory and assigns them a course of team building exercises to further deepen their bonds. It takes a shoplifting scandal, a couple of moonlit forest strolls, several hilariously bad dates, and a whole lot of introspection for the team to realize they are stronger together than they could ever be apart.
The first installment of this enticing original YA novel series by Sarah Rees Brennan, rich with casual diversity and queer self-discovery, explores never-before-seen drama inspired by C.S. Pacat's critically acclaimed Fence comic series and boasts original cover and interior art by Johanna The Mad.
Text and Illustration copyright: © 2020 BOOM! Studios
Fence(TM) and © 2020 C.S. Pacat

4 Reviews

“I absolutely loved this novelization of the Fence Graphic novel. It is full of humor and personality. This novel explores more of each character's backstory as well as their interpersonal relationships and personal struggles. The one thing that did take me out of the reading was the flow of writing. Many times within a chapter one scene would immediately fast forward to another scene/location having me re-read to make sure I knew where the characters were and what was happening. This would occur in consecutive paragraphs instead of being separated by a page break. Also the characters would flash back in the middle of a paragraph in the midst of a scene. It was a bit jarring. I can see how this would be effective in a graphic novel setting however just those few improvements could be made in the future for novels. It was not as smooth in writing as I would have liked however, still an excellent read. Loved it!”
“Lo peor que se puede decir de este libro es que se nota que está escrito por encargo. Y cómo se nota. La autora coge a los personajes del cómic y los estira hasta convertirlos en caricaturas de sí mismos. Esto hace que sea imposible tomarse en serio cualquier situación en la que se encuentren, ya sea dramática o cómica, y que nos importe muy poco lo que les pueda pasar. También hace que los personajes se contradigan constantemente, ya que es imposible que su simplísima caracterización sobreviva a cualquier tipo de trama, por muy sinsentido que estas trama sean (y lo son). Me ha recordado a la peor clase de fanfiction: los personajes tienen cero unidades de problemas, excepto que por alguna inexplicable razón se niegan a hablar los unos con los otros. Toda la trama se desarrolla alrededor de la una falta de comunicación y unos malentendidos tan incomprensibles y ridículos que me ha resultado imposible tomarme en serio absolutamente nada de lo que estaba pasando. Se ve de lejos que han querido sacar este libro tanto para los fans del comic como para los que no lo conocen y, después de haberlo leído, no puedo imaginarme cómo podría gustar tanto a unos como a otros. También se nota que no quieren hacer grandes cambios en el libro que se puedan perder los lectores del comic, por lo que todo el rato estás esperando una resolución que nunca llega. No hay climax. No hay ningún momento triunfal que pueda hacer que merezca la pena, aunque solo sea un poquito, el haberse tragado toda esa palabrería inútil. El lector no gana nada nuevo con la lectura, excepto preguntarse por enésima vez por qué era necesario traer a estos personajes al formato novela cuando en comic sacaban su mayor provecho. Y en ningún lado podrá encontrar la respuesta.”

About Sarah Rees Brennan

Sarah Rees Brennan is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling YA author of over a dozen books, both solo and co-written with authors including Kelly Link and Maureen Johnson. She was long-listed for the Carnegie for her first novel. She was born in Ireland by the sea and lives there now in the shadow of a cathedral, where she's working on--among other things--her series of tie-in novels with the hit Netflix show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Her most recent standalone novel, In Other Lands, is a tale of love, friendship and wings starring the crankiest boy to ever stumble into a magic land and was a Lodestar Award and Mythopoeic Award finalist.

Johanna The Mad is a Mexican digital artist and illustrator currently working on the sports comic series Fence (nominated for a GLAAD award under the "Outstanding Comic Book" category).

Johanna The Mad

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