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Pandora Hearts, Volume 1
by Jun Mochizuki


Overview - The air of celebration surrounding fifteen-year-old Oz Vessalius's coming-of-age ceremony quickly turns to horror when he is condemned for a sin about which he knows nothing. He is thrown into an eternal, inescapable prison known as the Abyss from which there is no escape.  Read more...

 
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More About Pandora Hearts, Volume 1 by Jun Mochizuki
 
 
 
Overview
The air of celebration surrounding fifteen-year-old Oz Vessalius's coming-of-age ceremony quickly turns to horror when he is condemned for a sin about which he knows nothing. He is thrown into an eternal, inescapable prison known as the Abyss from which there is no escape. There, he meets a young girl named Alice, who is not what she seems. Now that the relentless cogs of fate have begun to turn, do they lead only to crushing despair for Oz, or is there some shred of hope for him to grasp on to?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316076074
  • ISBN-10: 0316076074
  • Publisher: Yen Press
  • Publish Date: December 2009
  • Page Count: 192
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-17
  • Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.45 pounds

Series: Pandora Hearts #1

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Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga - Fantasy

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 48.
  • Review Date: 2009-12-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

A sharp eye can find many literary references in this exciting fantasy manga. Oz, the main character, is turning 15 and is all set to be part of a ceremony, only to be dragged into a hellish place called the Abyss, for reasons he doesn't know. Previously, he was a rambunctious rich boy who didn't treat his servants well, but the Abyss is supposed to only take the worst of the worst. In this dark and disturbing world he meets a girl named Alice, whom he may or may not be able to trust, but who might be the only way out. The title clearly references Pandora from Greek mythology, while names, images, and characters play up their resemblances to the works of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll (there are also allusions to Dante and Japanese mythology). Mochizuki's work, along with being creepy and hard to put down, slips in plenty of education along with his ornate, Goth art. With its mystery, symbolism and action-packed storyline, Oz's story will catch the attention of diverse readers. (Dec.)

 
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