August 2017

“What We’re Reading” is a feature offering periodic reviews from Drexel Library’s staff about the books we’ve read. If you find a book which interests you and it is not in our collection, please feel free to acquire the book through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Astrophysics for people in a hurry

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind

Zack Whedon.

For fans of the television show Firefly, and the subsequent movie Serenity, this book is a nice follow-up. And if you’ve never watched the TV show or seen the movie, you don’t need to in order to follow the events depicted in the book.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind is a graphic novel depicting the adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a former soldier who fought a war for his planet’s independence in a losing effort against the Alliance. Reynolds is now captain of the Serenity, a Firefly-class spaceship he calls home. Reynolds leads a mostly loyal crew of misfits, outlaws, and a few with dubious pasts who defiantly operate outside of the laws of the Alliance earning a living transporting contraband and eking out an existence on their own terms.

Following the events of the movie, Malcolm and his surviving friends and crew are in hiding after revealing a sinister secret the Alliance has been desperately trying to keep hidden, all the while chasing his ship in an attempt to retrieve one of his crew who was the subject of another clandestine experiment. The crew of the Serenity is eventually forced out of hiding to find help for one of their own who is eventually taken into custody and stranded in a prison on a desert planet to die.

Chased by bounty hunters, the Alliance military forces, and a band of freedom fighters inspired by his crew’s exploits, Malcolm is forced to make a tenuous alliance with a former enemy in order to save his friend and elude capture by the Alliance. But in doing so, they clash with old enemies, make new ones, and stumble upon yet another black-ops project being conducted by the Alliance.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind is available in the Popular Reading section on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.

Reviewed by Michael D. Brooks