I really wasn’t sure about this at first, but I ended up really liking it. The plant-affected animals/people were rather creepy, which I’m sure was the point. I don’t know anything about Swamp Thing (I requested because I’m a longtime fan of Maggie Stiefvater and adore everything she’s written) so I don’t know how much of the backstory is new, but it was a compelling story and I really felt for Alec and his brother. I got Alec’s social isolation and how he understood the plants in his lab more than the people around him. And his jealousy/abandonment feelings toward his twin, who did seem to fit in with the cool kids.
Overall relatable, believable, and compelling. I love what Maggie did with the origin story here. Since it’s Maggie, it’s gorgeous and a little creepy, with just a touch of magic – and weird in the very best way.
Thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment for providing an e-arc to review
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