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Decelerate Blue

Decelerate Blue

Written by Adam Rapp; illustrated by Mike Cavallaro

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The future waits for no one.

In this new world, speed and efficiency are everything, and the populace zooms along in a perpetually stimulated haze. Angela thinks she's the only person in her family—maybe the only person on the planet—who sees anything wrong with this picture. But the truth is she's not alone.

Angela finds herself recruited into a resistance movement where the key to rebellion is taking things slow. In their secret underground hideout, they create a life unplugged from the rapid-fire culture outside. Can they free the rest of the world before the powers that be shut down their utopian experiment?

From revolutionary and award-winning playwright Adam Rapp and veteran cartoonist and animator Mike Cavallaro comes Decelerate Blue, a dark, breath-taking new vision of an all-too-plausible future for America.

Praise for Decelerate Blue

"Predominantly black-and-white artwork complement this gripping, thought-provoking narrative...and the spare use of full color heightens the emotion of the piece." —School Library Journal, starred review

"It’s a rare graphic novel that dives into romance and dystopia, so this will garner a wide readership." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

lim-lined cartooning imbues a helping of personality, and...inventive page compositions keep visual interest high." —Booklist

This is a strikingly illustrated book set in a potentially massive world, and readers will hope this isn't the only story to come from it." —Kirkus


Reviews from Goodreads

Written by Adam Rapp; illustrated by Mike Cavallaro

Mike Cavallaro’s comics include Parade (with fireworks), a Will Eisner Award-nominee; The Life and Times of Savior 28, with Eisner Award-winning writer J.M. DeMatteis; and the Foiled series with Jane Yolen. Mike is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts and is the Vice-Chairman of the Manhattan Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.

Adam Rapp is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker. His young adult novels include Missing the Piano, The Buffalo Tree, and 33 Snowfish, and his first adult was The Year of Endless Sorrows. Rapp directed his first film, Winter Passing, with Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell, in 2005.

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Adam Rapp

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