Beastars Vol.1 by Paru Itagaki

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, friendships maintain the fragile peace. Who among them will become a Beastar – a hero destined to lead in a society naturally rife with mistrust?”

If you’ve seen Zootopia, you know the basic set up for Beastars: every character is an anthropomorphic animal and there’s some animosity between carnivores and herbivores. Unlike the Disney movie, Beastars opens with a murder. Cherryton Academy student Tem, an alpaca, was murdered, and the prime suspect is our protagonist, Legoshi, a grey wolf.

Beastars offers an interesting look at prejudice and the relationships that transcend judgement and bias. The art and characters are striking and distinctive. Beastars is an exciting read full of intrigue and drama. With the upcoming Netflix adaptation, now is the perfect time to pick up volume one. I recommend this series for older teens and adults.

Available through the Bridges Library System

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