January 10, 2020 by TinyNavajo
Animosity, Vol. 3: The Swarm by Marguerite Bennett, illustrated by Rafael de Latorre
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*Published July 17, 2018*
I think what this volume does best is surprise me. As the world awoke to having sentient animals, we (both animals and humans) tend to forget about the insects of the world. This volume shows why we should not.
Tensions run high as betrayal stings Jesse in a way she could have never imagined. Can Kyle shed his humanity enough to aid Jesse in her quest? Can Sandor forsake his bestial nature in order to save that which he loves? The answers lie within! Meanwhile, Sandor, Jesse and the survivors hear rumors of a mysterious Walled City where safety may be waiting…but will their journey there be too high a price to pay?
Collecting ANIMOSITY #9-13—all five issues from the third story arc of this highly-acclaimed series!
It honestly terrifies me, the thought that insects have also gained sentience in the Wake. I am not a fan of bugs, I do not like spiders; I will squash any bug found inside my home. Or make my husband squash them…or, if they’re lucky, catch them and turn them outside where they fricken’ belong! But, to discover that any bugs I have killed have now gained sentience, I would be a little bit afraid for my life. Bugs and I don’t get along, and I don’t think I would treat them any better. This would be my downfall in the Wake. They would know and they would come after me.
This is kind of what happens in The Swarm as Jesse is separated from Sandor and she has to negotiate with a human town, that seems too good to be true, for the release of the local bee hive’s queen. We can also see how a society of insects have become more advanced than humans even have and they are ready to wage war on the humans who have stolen their queen.
We also see how perceptive Jesse truly is, as she knows to ask the right questions to the leaders of this town where humans and animals seemingly work together. She knows to ask where the women are and what is actually going on with the stealing of the bees and their hive queen.
I won’t say much more else I’ll give away the ending, but I’m curious and excited to see what happens in volume 4, whenever I’m able to get a hold of it! If you know that animals and insects suddenly gained sentience, which group would terrify you more? Why would this information terrify you? Comment below and let me know!