Dependable, Intermediate, Young Adult, Dystopia, Graphic Novel, Futuristic
In this graphic novel, Gray introduces a society that has been genetically engineering the next generations for hundreds of years. As the first book in the series, an introduction to the culture, expectations, and social roles are explored, with a small start into a storyline about the weaknesses of genetic engineering. Gray looks at the downside that comes with generations of alterations, to the point that individuals become blind followers and believers with no sense of self-preservation. The futuristic dystopia is brought to life with Zawadzki’s illustrations, where the coloring is linked with the houses of the characters being represented. Because of this, if only one house is on the page, the illustrations do lack color and vibrancy.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"House of El Book 1: The Shadow Threat,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 41:
9, Article 14.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol41/iss9/14