The Beauty Volume 1 by Jeremy Haun
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My Rating: ★★★★☆
Imagine living in a world where a sexually transmitted disease is a disease that people actually want, all because it makes those infected beautiful. In The Beauty, this disease is very much real, and it’s become a worldwide epidemic. In America alone, over half of its population is infected. Not only do people have to worry about those who purposely try to catch this disease, they now also have to worry about the negative side effects that’s proving to be far worse than any of them expected. This sexually transmitted disease is very real, and it’s called The Beauty.
Prior to reading this graphic novel, I had never heard anything about it. I simply stumbled upon it when I was looking for something to borrow from the library. What first pulled me in, of course, was the cover. I apparently seem to have a thing for anything that’s morbidly interesting. And then I read the synopsis… I was pulled right in. Gruesome, morbid, and completely horrifying… It was just right up my alley. I can always appreciate stories that explores and questions human motivations: how far they’d go to get certain things, how they value worldly possessions compared to that of something more intangible and vice versa, what makes them tick, and etc. The Beauty satisfied me in these departments, that’s for sure. The storyline itself just has so much potential. It’s super creative and even very observational.
Another thing I can appreciate in the books that I read is stories that involve a corrupt government, somewhere somehow. To me, they will always be interesting in a very scandalous way. I’m not, per se, someone who delves too much (or at all, even) into “conspiracies,” but I do enjoy from time to time hearing what others might have to say about what the government—those in higher power—could possibly be keeping from the rest of us who are none the wiser at certain things.
“You’re talking about morals. This is business. There is no morality in business.”
Although the storyline for The Beauty is more than interesting and engaging, it’s sad for me to have to say that I didn’t really feel any sort of connection to the main characters. They felt, to me, a little bit too flat. I wanted more backstory on the two detectives (our main characters), more insight on their lives before The Beauty hit their nation; what their lives were like then. I also didn’t think there were enough character developments, especially for a novel that explores human development in such a critical sense (considering it involves people purposely getting infected with a deadly disease just to become better looking). Fortunately though, I didn’t have to dwell too much on this. Even though it wasn’t until near the end did I start to feel some sort of attachment to the characters, I wasn’t too disappointed.
The ending was a very strong one, in my opinion, and that’s enough to keep me interested in the rest of the series. With that being said, I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the second volume. I guess it was smart of the author to reel me in just at the very last minute, huh? I mean, it was clearly efficient if it made me want to continue on with the series! Bravo, I say. A very strong and well deserved 4 stars out of 5 from me indeed.