Series: Apple Children of Aeon #1
Author/Artist: Ai Tanaka
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Released: Marcy 8, 2022
Time to dive into another new manga (I am determined to read the first volume of as many series as possible, so I can find favorites worth following!). This time I picked Apple Children of Aeon Vol. 1.
Yukinojo can’t remember his past, so he only has the future to look to. Following graduation, he entered an arranged marriage with Asahi. As the title may have already been given away, Asahi and her family run an apple farm (orchard?).
This life would be perfect for many, but Yukinojo struggles to feel at home – to feel like he belongs and fits in with his new home and family. Until one day, everything changes, and something wakes within his bones.
Apple Children of Aeon Vol. 1 was an interesting and relatively quick read. Admittedly the first part of this book (about the first half?) is slower than I would have liked. It takes a while to get to know Yukinojo and Asahi, and unfortunately, even longer to care about either of them.
Based on the description, I knew there was going to be a twist in this arranged marriage-turned story – however, I was wrong about what sort of twist it would be. I think I like this twist better than I had assumed. It was certainly more interesting and a little less predictable.
All things said and done, Apple Children of Aeon Vol. 1 does a solid job of wrapping many story tropes into one cohesive story. I’m not sure that it’s a series I would enjoy following in the long run, but I can easily see why some readers would fall for it.
Thanks to Kodansha Comics and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.