Review – Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

It’s the Boxer Rebellion. It’s not safe for anyone.

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.

China, 1898. An unwanted and unwelcome fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn’t even given a proper name by her family when she’s born. She finds friendship–and a name, Vibiana–in the most unlikely of places: Christianity.

But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is in full swing, and bands of young men roam the countryside, murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie…and whether she is willing to die for her faith.

 

Review:

This was an amazing graphic novel that mixed historical fiction and magical realism to create an incredible and sad story about the Boxer Rebellion.

Showing two sides to the story, Boxers being the Chinese and Saints being the Christians, it more easily expresses the pain, suffering and horror that was the Rebellion. With Chinese people fighting back against foreigners and even killing their own people in the process who had converted to Christianity, it shows the heartache of having to do so.

It was entertaining, emotional and kept me engage the entire time and I’m pretty sure it only took me a day to get through both of them.

I recommend this to everyone!

You can buy this at the Book Depository.

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