The Never Weres by Fiona Smyth

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Three teens become humanity's only hope for survival.

Late in the next century, the human race is on the verge of extinction. A mysterious virus has resulted in no births in almost a generation. Despite the impending doom, three urban teenagers try to live their lives with hope.

Mia strives to preserve humanity's compassion through her art and her volunteer work with Mrs. C and the other "oldies." Tech-savvy Xian spends her time tinkering with the robots she's sure will inherit the Earth. Jesse, the son of geneticists, is convinced the future lies with cloning, but society is reeling from the grotesque failures of previous attempts. When the friends stumble upon the 60-year-old mystery of a missing girl, it leads them back to Mrs. C, who, it turns out, is the world's only successful clone -- and the key to saving our species.

Artist Fiona Smyth's gripping graphic novel depicts a future as visually detailed as it is emotionally rich. The Never Weres will keep readers breathless to the final page.


About Fiona Smyth

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Fiona Smyth's work has been published across North America. The Never Weres is her first graphic novel for young readers. She is currently an instructor in illustration, comics, graphic novels and drawing at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Visit her website at
Published February 3, 2011 by Annick Press. 256 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Showing particular chops with chases, escapes and even multiple actions like tantrums in single impressionistic mélanges of images, she creates back stories for each central character, cranks the tension up on the way to a climactic double surprise and closes with a tidy but upbeat resolution.

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References to cultural icons like Frida Kahlo help readers identify with the futuristic scenery and reveal the magnitude of what these characters are losing—everything.

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