I’m glad I met the Saga series last year. Each time a new volume comes out my wife and I race to see who can get a copy from the library first. I’ve enjoyed each volume in its own right, but as the series has progressed I’ve noticed that instead moving the plot forward, the last several volumes have settled in on one or two characters and given us a more in-depth look at their development and motivations. Sometimes this works and sometimes it feels like the series has stalled. Once the entire series is written and completed, I think it will become clear whether this works or not.
Specifically to Volume 6, it felt like Saga meets Orange is the New Black. 90% of the plot happens in a detention center which creates some interesting conflicts. There’s also an interesting character whom we met in the middle of her shower (it wouldn’t be Saga if there wasn’t some random nudity). I’m interested to see where they’re going to take this character. It’s one of the developments I can’t wait for in Volume 7.
This is the first volume where we meet Hazel as her own character. She’s aware of her precarious position but still has that ability children possess to recognize the good in people. I’m really glad they included Hazel’s teacher in this volume. I feel that teachers don’t always get a chance to appear in literature unless it’s in a negative light. The relationship between Hazel and her teacher is dynamic. I hope this isn’t the last we see of her. I can’t wait for volume 7!