Amano, Kozue. Aria; volume one.

Author:Galuschak, George
Position:Aria, vol. 1yynr - Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

AMANO, Kozue. Aria; volume one. Tokyopop. 192p. illus. c2008. 978-1427805102. $9.99. JS

Aria is set in the year 2301. Mars has been terraformed to support human life--in the process its icecaps melted and 90% of the planet is now under water. Our setting is Neo-Venezia, an exact replica of the city of Venice down to the canals, twisty streets and gondolas. Akari wants to be a gondolier tour guide, or Undine. In the first volume she and President Aria (her Martian cat) help a lost tourist; visit a replica of a Japanese shrine, complete with a fox spirit; and enter a citywide gondola race. Aria is not a fast-paced shoot 'em up; it is not a teen romance; and it is most definitely not an apocalyptic bloodbath. If you are looking for action, look elsewhere. The plot of one of the stories has Akari standing at the Bridge of Sighs all day waiting for a friend who never arrives. Instead of getting mad, she feeds the...

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