Review: I Am Blue, in Pain, and Fragile
by Rakka • Tags: review light-novel
Author: Yoru Sumino
Two young people in their first year of university, drawn to each other’s passion, establish a secret society to pursue those ideals. But as time passes, the demands of a world that isn’t kind to dreamers threatens to force them apart, filling the space between them with shattered hopes and the fallout of lies. A tender, tragic tale about growing past pain and the cruelty of youth, by acclaimed author Yoru Sumino.
Where to Read: Purchase a copy at your favorite brick-and-mortar or online retailer (see Seven Seas Entertainment).
- Characters are in college for once, and romance isn’t the key focus—the premise and setting are at least different from usual.
- Characters are neither interesting nor likable.
- Author/narrator attempts to make things sound tragic and mysterious, but it’s just a bunch of annoying, immature teenagers.
Overall: 2/5. While I was hoping for the author to deliver his usual tragedy/drama with a more mature take, instead I got something that was frankly boring.
Scale for reference:
- 1/5: not really worth looking into; you won’t see many of these because I’ll just drop it without bothering to review it.
- 2/5: probably not worth the time, but you may enjoy it regardless.
- 3/5: an average to above-average series; may be a 4/5 to fans of certain genres or themes.
- 4/5: a strong recommendation with some flaws or shortcomings.
- 5/5: a universal recommendation; one of my favorites. Not necessarily flawless, but has something extremely compelling.