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Morning Glories - Vol. 1: For a Better Future

Nick Spencer (Author), Joe Eisma (Illustrator) Publisher: Image Comics

> Review by Diana Guild

Teens from all over the globe gain entrance to an elite private school. Excited by the prospect of the educational, social and economic advancement they believe the school will provide, each goes about settling in and acquainting themselves with their classmates. Soon the students, cut off from their families and friends, face a series of bizarre tests demonstrating that the school is competitive on a level they never imagined. A group of newcomers band together to investigate, but keeping their friends close and enemies closer becomes a difficult task. Morning Glories is a complex, challenging read that takes its teen protagonists (and antagonists) well past the “young adult” level of most books focused on this age group. Does life experience, genetics, destiny, or the meddling of outside forces determine who we are and how we behave? Does the worst person have a spark of good in them? If so, does the best person harbor malevolence? At its core, Morning Glories is a story of the war between good and evil. Determining which is which—and what side of the line they stand on—ensnares our characters in a web that thickens the more they try to untangle it.

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