Pixels of You
Authors: Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota
Illustrator: J.R. Doyle
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Format: YA Graphic Novel
Review copy: Final copy from publisher
Availability: On shelves now
Publisher Summary: In a near future, augmentation and AI changed everything and nothing. Indira is a human girl who has been cybernetically augmented after a tragic accident, and Fawn is one of the first human-presenting AI. They have the same internship at a gallery, but neither thinks much of the other’s photography. But after a huge public blowout, their mentor gives them an ultimatum: work together on a project or leave her gallery forever. Grudgingly, the two begin to collaborate, and what comes out of it is astounding and revealing for both of them. Pixels of You is about the slow transformation of a rivalry to a friendship to something more as Indira and Fawn navigate each other, the world around them—and what it means to be an artist and a person.
My Thoughts: What is fake? What is real? How much can we even know about ourselves and others? These are some of the wonderings that this story brought up for me. There were also questions about what and how we see the things or beings around us. There is a short and sweet relationship happening, but the AI layer adds a lot to think about.
I also appreciated the design of the book. Don't forget to check under the cover and the endpapers are lovely. The palette is fairly simple for much of the book and sticks with a lot of deep blues and magentas or pinks though for some scenes there is also an abundance of yellows. Little bits of information about AI is also interspersed between scenes through simple white text on a black page.
Recommendation: This is a relatively quick relationship story that can intrigue and inspire readers to question and wonder. It's definitely worth a read and while not a lot of action happens it's a story that will likely stay with readers for a long time.