Occulted (Paperback)

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By Amy Rose, Ryan Estrada, Jeongmin Lee (Illustrator)
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This graphic novel focuses on the highlights (or more accurately the downlights) of Amy Rose’s life with an ending that could mean sequels are possible. Amy liked Star Trek, reading, her family, and learning things. Thing is, she grew up in a cult and was told Star Trek was real to the point that the men in the faith were called Vulcans, Roddenberry was one of the “enlightened ones” and that there were good and bad aliens. The religious aspect is relevant to show how it affected Amy, but the important thing is how Amy lived in, or at least survived, the cult. This is a mature read (strong teens to adults), but an interesting look into the human psyche. Illustrations complement the text with informative art. — Jeanette


"Insightful and riveting." -- KIRKUS

"A tense, thrilling account of escaping a cult." -- FOREWORD

"This inspiring tale of bravery and rebellion is just what readers need right now." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

It's 1997 and young Amy Rose has always known that something is off about her community. She's forbidden from going to school or even going outside; after all, their leader says there's no use knowing anything about a world that's about to end. When the Hale-Bopp comet soars across the sky for the first time in over 4,000 years, Amy thinks it's a good omen signaling the start of an amazing new future. Instead, it brings news of a horrible tragedy at a similar compound just down the road called Heaven's Gate. Televised news reports invade the temple walls and Amy hears a new word that suddenly explains everything: cult.

Now, she must risk everything to indulge in secret trips to an abandoned off-limits library to learn what she was never meant to know: that Gandhi was not a space alien, that Star Trek wasn't real, that her community was built on a lie, and most importantly, that banned books can give her everything she needs to escape.

Occulted is a shocking graphic memoir about the power of literary freedom. Survivor Amy Rose, Banned Book Club co-author Ryan Estrada, and artist Jeongmin Lee tell a haunting, inspiring tale of bravery and rebellion, about how to recognize those who try to control you, and how to fight back.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781638991090
ISBN-10: 163899109X
Publisher: Iron Circus Comics
Publication Date: July 18th, 2023
Pages: 176
Language: English