Always Human: Review + Fave Quotes + 15 Thoughts While Reading

Hello book nerds! I’m back with another tour stop with Hear Our Voices Book Tours! This time it’s my tour stop for the Always Human Book Tour! Follow the tour and the other hosts, so you don’t miss any review, interview, and other creative content!

When I found out this book was for #ownvoices pansexual and queer WLW, I was immediately ecstatic! And then I also realized, it was a graphic novel. That’s even better! I knew then I was going to love this story, and let me tell you, I was right.

My review

This was so good and reading it made so soft. I loved the colors and the art, as well as the various representations (there’s even an agender character)!

When it comes to the world-building, I feel like it lacked. I wanted to know more about their world, the mods, the devices, and more. I was hoping to see more of it in the later parts of the book, but there was little information.

While the story, doesn’t exactly have a plot, the laid-backness of it all was refreshing for me. This was very character-driven rather than plot-driven. The story focused on Sunati and Austen making their way through their relationship, that’s it. And yet, it was so beautiful to read. It was heartfelt and wholesome, and it was something to cherish.

Overall, Always Human is a graphic novel you will surely adore! It’s lovely, refreshing, and a legit wonderful read.

Favorite quotes from the book

You asked me out before you even knew my name. That seems plenty brave to me.

I love that moment, just after dusk . . . . . . when the sky shifts from blue to black . . . . . . and the stars shine brighter . . . . . . and the constellations begin to’s like the universe comes into focus.

…But as you fall, the fear fades. And all that remains is exhilaration.

15 thoughts while reading Always Human

  1. Oh, wow. These mods can really alter the way they look.
  2. Oh, look at that, height difference.
  3. I’m definitely loving the colors and style!
  4. I am loving the color palette! It’s striking.
  5. Hmm, would love to know more about their world. Some background, how mods came to be, etc etc.
  6. Oof, we love to see two girls falling in love.
  7. Aww their date is so cool!
  8. Love the first impressions chapters. We get to see their unique perspectives!
  9. The sceneries are astounding, wow, wow, wow.
  10. Oh no, it’s her birthday!
  11. There’s a character who’s agender, woah! I love this!
  12. Yasel is a ball of sunshine! Aww
  13. Okay, it’s official, Chapter 35 made me go uwu
  14. I am so soft for Sunati and Austen, oh my sapphic heart 😭
  15. That was such a pure story, aww.

I tried to make these non-spoilery as possible! But yep, there you have it. My thoughts while reading this wonderful novel!

About Always Human

Title: Always Human
Author: Ari North
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+, OwnVoices, Graphic Novel
Release date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Little Bee Books
Goodreads synopsis:

First serialized on the popular app and website WebToon, Always Human ran from 2015-2017 and amassed over 76,000 unique subscribers during its run. Now reformatted for a print edition in sponsorship with GLAAD, Always Human is a beautifully drawn graphic novel about a developing relationship between two young women in a near-future, soft sci-fi setting. Always Human is drawn in a manga-influenced style and with an incredible color palette that leaps off the page!

In the near-future, people use technology to give the illusion of all kinds of body modifications—but some people have “Egan’s Syndrome,” a highly sensitive immune system that rejects these “mods” and are unable to use them. Those who are affected maintain a “natural” appearance, reliant on cosmetics and hair dye at most to help them play with their looks.

Sunati is attracted to Austen the first time she sees her and is drawn to what she assumes is Austen’s bravery and confidence to live life unmodded. When Sunati learns the truth, she’s still attracted to Austen and asks her on a date. Gradually, their relationship unfolds as they deal with friends, family, and the emotional conflicts that come with every romance. Together, they will learn and grow in a story that reminds us no matter how technology evolves, we will remain . . . always human.

Rendered in beautiful detail and an extraordinary color palette, Always Human is a sweet love story told in a gentle sci-fi setting by a queer woman cartoonist, Ari North.

Buy Links

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About the Author

Ari North is a queer cartoonist who believes an entertaining story should also be full of diversity and inclusion. As a writer, an artist, and a musician, she wrote, drew, and composed the music for Always Human, a complete romance/sci-fi webcomic about two queer girls navigating maturity and finding happiness. She’s currently working on a second webcomic, Aerial Magic, which is about the everyday lives of the witches who work at a broomstick repair shop. She lives in Australia with her husband.

5 thoughts on “Always Human: Review + Fave Quotes + 15 Thoughts While Reading

  1. I’ve been seeing this one a lot lately. Sure enough this is a sign for me to go pick it up right now! Sooo happy to know there’s agender rep in it too!!

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  2. Great Review! I read this back when it first became a webcomic and I loved it so much. I need to get myself a physical copy of the graphic novel!! 🙂

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