In the Small

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In the Small

In the Small When a mysterious cataclysmic event the blue flash causes the population of the earth to shrink in size to six inches tall suddenly humanity has the tables turned on itself The very civilization it

  • Title: In the Small
  • Author: Michael Hague Devon Hague
  • ISBN: 9780316013239
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When a mysterious cataclysmic event, the blue flash, causes the population of the earth to shrink in size to six inches tall, suddenly humanity has the tables turned on itself The very civilization it has created becomes its greatest obstacle to survival Animals and the environment, which have long suffered under the rule and or destruction of humans, are now some of theWhen a mysterious cataclysmic event, the blue flash, causes the population of the earth to shrink in size to six inches tall, suddenly humanity has the tables turned on itself The very civilization it has created becomes its greatest obstacle to survival Animals and the environment, which have long suffered under the rule and or destruction of humans, are now some of their most feared enemies Amid the confusion and turmoil, two strong teenagers, 18 year old Mouse and his younger sister Beat, emerge as the most promising leaders, eventually setting out on a quest to discover the secret that could redeem this strange new world.

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    1. Erin on said:

      2.75 stars The fact that this graphic novel isn't easy to find on was more than a bit frustrating. My bad for not memorizing the author name beforehand. The best way I can describe this story is The Hunger Games meets Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Sounds funny when I state it like that, but a post-apocalyptic world in which humans become pint sizedwell, it's not that much of a stretch. First book in the series and I didn't realize I would be left with a cliffhanger ending. Illustrations held some vi [...]

    2. Brad on said:

      I used this book as a sleeping aide. For serious.There's an interesting concept to this book--everyone's shrunk to six inches in height, which throws all technology, from planes to staircases, out of whack. It's a neat apocalypse, but it's handled terribly. Michael Hague can draw, but he can't tell a story with his drawings. His art may be arranged in comic-like panels, but the transitions between panels rarely makes any sense. And his dialogue is never particularly interesting. Same goes for th [...]

    3. paula on said:

      Michael Hague may be a talented illustrator (although you'd never know from the scratchy adolescent-looking work in this book), but he does not have the graphic novel format down. Passage of time is particularly poorly managed, with no visual indication of whether hours, days, or even weeks have passed between panels. The entire thing seems condensed. I kept checking to see whether this was originally a serial comic book, and things got chopped out when they made the graphic novel out of it. New [...]

    4. Tim on said:

      I hate to be harsh, but what the hell is this?It is like somebody took a concept for an actual story, got as far as some generic dialog to briefly describe the plot with some storyboard pictures, and then decided to publish it.The art is alright, but after seeing the other works by the author (who is primarily an illustrator), it seems sub par in comparison. The dialog is absolutely pathetic. Stilted, unrealistic, "tell" rather than "show" dialog. So much more information could have been conveye [...]

    5. Traci Haley on said:

      This intriguing graphic novel would have gotten 5 stars from me if the plot hadn't barreled along at breakneck speed, glossing over days, weeks, and months in milliseconds. I would have preferred a little bit more character and plot development. It's almost as if Hague reeeeeeeeeeeeally wanted to stuff the entire story into one volume, so he had to fast forward through a lot of story. Still, despite that downfall, I found myself captivated with both the story and the artwork and more than a litt [...]

    6. StoryTellerShannon on said:

      What if a strange catastrophe shrunk all of humanity to the size of six inches or so? This tale focuses on such a phenomenon but only partially delivers at best. There are a smidgen of interesting ideas within but I felt more could have been tapped. The threat of pets turning on their shrunken owners was chillingly well doneTWORK: C plus to B minus; STORY/PLOTTING: C plus to B minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: C plus (the prophet kid was a bit irritating and transparent); WHEN READ: end of May 2012; O [...]

    7. Dominick Garrison on said:

      I personaly like survival books so this one impaticular cought my eye. i really recomend it if your are into that kind of thing. there is alot going on and its intresting to see how they make it "in the small"

    8. Catherine Sotir on said:

      "In the Small" was an interesting book. It is a graphic novel that keeps your attention and is quick read. This was my first graphic novel, which makes me want to read more. The book had an intriguing plot and with the way it ended, it makes me think there is a second book or will be. The graphics in the book were well illustrated as well

    9. Yvensong on said:

      I'm glad that this was really quick to read. The artwork was okay, though not exceptional. The dialogue was stilted and the characters had no depth, nor were they interesting. The story had a good premise, yet never really lifted to the heights promised.

    10. Jennifer Wardrip on said:

      Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadTooThe premise of IN THE SMALL is fairly simple. Suddenly, a blue light washes over the entire earth and all of humanity is reduced to one-sixth of its original size. Nothing but humans are affected, and those who do survive the initial transformation are left to deal with the chaos of a world built for people too big. Suddenly, even the smallest animals and the simplest natural phenomena can cause great danger. The story revolves around a brother and sist [...]

    11. Rebecca on said:

      As many reviewers have said, this is a fascinating premise and a well-drawn graphic novel. After a flash of blue light, all of earth's humans find themselves shrunk to six inches tall. Society and civilization as we know it fall apart; all tools, systems, and technological forms of communication become useless. Even backyard insects are huge, a la "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" (and I did appreciate one reference to The Borrowers). Humans have to meet basic needs and reduce fighting among themselves [...]

    12. sweet pea on said:

      in my mind, i kept comparing this to the walking dead, another graphic novel about post-apocalyptic bands of human survivors. that was seemingly my first mistake. you can say "the zombie apocalypse" and i'll think "check". done. don't even need to know why it's happening. i believe it. a blue light that shrinks only humans? two seers and someone who listens to angels? not quite there yet. need some more convincing. one of my main problems was that i didn't feel compassion for the characters. peo [...]

    13. Bridget on said:

      The core idea of this book was sort of awesome. Weird blue flash, all of humanity shrinks down to a few inches in height, most technology is rendered useless by our new size, now what? But I just didn't enjoy the execution. The art is fine, but the panel transitions didn't always flow in ways that made sense. Plus, I felt like the text was too sparse and unimaginative to get me really involved with the characters. Add in some weirdly paternalistic and vauge religious overtones, and I was really [...]

    14. Cory B on said:

      It could have been better. The angel/demon thing was wierd and unneccesary, while there were many avenues that could have been covered for a better read. For my first graphic novel, it was disappoiting.

    15. Elizabeth (Elzburg) on said:

      2.5/5 stars.In The Small was interesting I have never read anything like it. One day the world turns blue for a couple seconds and then every human shrinks down to the size of a shoe box. The reason behind this was never fully explained, there was just peoples theories that were thrown around. It was enjoyable enough, I was never bored, but a main thing that kept me reading was the yearning for more information about what-the-heck is going on, which I never got. The ending was really weird inste [...]

    16. Leland on said:

      (The following is extracted from a review I wrote on my blog.)In the Small is Michael Hague's first foray into the wold of Graphic Novels. Michael has been a successful illustrator for nearly thirty years and is one of the few (if not the only) illustrators I know of who has illustrated J.R.R. Tolkien without making a career out of Tolkien. (In fact almost all other available illustrated editions of Tolkien currently available are from Alan Lee and John Howe).In The Small is an apocalyptic tale [...]

    17. Nick on said:

      I am normally a big fan of Michael Hague's art, but in this book, the artwork is very odd. Animals are drawn well, but the people seem stiff and awkward. The writing shows why Hague is an artist, rather than a writer.The basic premise, that a seemingly supernatural event shrinks all of humanity but NOT the rest of the natural world, makes for an interesting premise. Too many parts of normal life become dangerous if you are six inches tall instead of six feet tall. The potential was there for a t [...]

    18. Karin on said:

      Imagine, in the blink of an eye, in the flash of a blue light, you and every other human on the planet are reduced to less than six inches tall.Imagine what it would be like in the world where nothing else was reduced in size. All the animals, insects, food, and shelter remained their regular size. Your backyard literally becomes a jungle THE SMALL presents just that scenario. Survivors struggle to make it to the safety of the home of their make shift leader, picking up stragglers along the way. [...]

    19. Julie on said:

      I picked this up because I remembered getting Michael Hague's unicorn calendar every year as kid. Those were some BEAUTIFUL calendars. Therefore, it took me a while to get used to the overall ugliness of the artwork in this graphic novel. This is definitely not your standard superhero fare. The premise is very intriguing, and I think it's handled pretty well, but the art is gritty and rather unattractive, almost to the point of gruesome in cases. This book is NOT flattering to the human race in [...]

    20. William Kilner on said:

      This graphic novel has a cool premise - a mysterious blue flash shrinks all the humans on the planet and we then have to fight for survival - but it fails to really pick up. There are a couple of familiar motifs that people will recognise from Game of Thrones, like certain people having 'the sight', but these aren't really developed and a couple of plot threads just go cold. A possible explanation for the blue flash is only briefly mentioned, which I thought could've been touched on more. Shame, [...]

    21. Selena on said:

      Michael Hague's debut graphic novel chronicles mankind's fate after a mysterious blue light reduces all humans to the size of a common drinking glass, while other creatures are unaffected. Published several years after 9-11, the story has some eery parallels to that fateful day on 2001 with the initial setting resembling New York. However, any similarities end there and the story develops as two teens, brother and sister Mouse and Beatrix must use all of their strength and wisdom to save others, [...]

    22. Jessica Albee on said:

      2.5 starsHonestly not impressed.It was a super interesting concept. Honey I Shrunk the Kids: the Apocalypse. However, it was executed not super well.First, the art style. It is rather sketchy and muddy. I prefer a cleaner style than this, and I know many others agree.The story itself follows a family after this blue flash that shrinks everyone to 6 inches tall. As you could imagine causes a whole bunch of shit to go down. One weird thing is a boy in this family has visions, this is never explain [...]

    23. dara on said:

      I give this two stars simply because it was a fast read and it didn't piss me off, which is an accomplishment. It mostly didn't piss me off because it was such a small investment of my time and energy. This book could have been a lot more than it was though. The timing and transitions are pretty shitty. There's not much depth to it. It's as if the author decided to do the bare minimum--just enough to get from point A to point B without really feeling anything in between. If this is being made in [...]

    24. Ross Bussell on said:

      I had such high hopes for this one, I really did. As far as the premise goes, the whole "apocalypse meets Honey I Shrunk the Kids thing was interesting enough, but the delivery of the story was weak, contrived, the plot devices a little too convenient and ridiculous, and the images were off putting to me, like something of a mixture of Japanese Manga and cheap dime shelf comics. Strange stuff. I would like to see a book written on this topic that has a little bit less to do with angels and myste [...]

    25. Siddharth on said:

      This book is about humans ruing nature and mother nature taking revenge turning everyone small now everyone is trying to survive while everyone in the city is dying to rats people who are out of the village go and try to rescue all the children from the school. Spoilers: at the end everyone builds a huge village in a huge human past house that they used to live in which now is used to store 1000's of people but while everyone is expanding their village the demons are regenerating kill all of the [...]

    26. Molly on said:

      First off this is a Graphic Novel for fans of Science Fiction and especially post-apocalyptic fiction. The idea is that one day a blue light hits the earth and everyone shrinks down to just a few inches tall. Anyone who has read the teen series Fire-Us will like this series. The younger characters it is dark and hard though people are killed and there is blood. But it is not over the top. I would not give this to anyone sensitive or easily freaked out. It is definatly something for fans of scari [...]

    27. Lara on said:

      Interesting premise, but the larger questions (the origin of the blue flash, Mouse's prophetic powers, where Poppit and her tribe came from) are completely ignored in favor of survival and the reunification of Mouse, Beat, and their mom and grandfather. No character gets any more development than a name and whether or not they're good or mean/stupid/bad, and Mouse and Beat have no flaws whatsoever. The copy I read had a sticker that says "soon to be a major motion picture". I guess that never ma [...]

    28. MJ on said:

      In the Small, by Michael Hague 3 of 5 Graphic Novel Some time in the near future a brilliant blue light causes all humans to become 6” tall. Airplanes fall from the sky, millions die at once. Small groups of people determined to survive eventually come together because at some point any humans left outside will become inhuman. This looks like the first of several more and was interesting enough that I’ll look for the second book.

    29. CuriousLibrarian on said:

      This is a pretty lousy graphic novel. The art is either gruesome or "pretty" with little soul in it. And the "strategic items" ploy in the beginning after the people shrink gets tiresome awfully fast. The story was boring or incoherent in turns. I found very little redeeming in this book. And that is not something I say lightly.I would love to know what other people seem to like so much about this book.

    30. SB on said:

      This is a graphic novel about survival that poses the question, "What if the the human race were attacked, but not obliterated?". In this novel what's termed, "the blue flash" doesn't destroy humanity, but rather, shrinks it forcing people to adapt and find new ways to problem solve and survive. Although I enjoyed the theme of triumph in the face of difficulty, I was thrown off by some of the foul language. Perhaps this is because I wasn't expecting it. Check it out for yourself!

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