The Boxers and Saints Series

by Gene Luen Yang (Author/Cartoonist)

Book Cover for the Boxers and Saints Series
Boxers & Saints is an innovative new graphic novel in two volumes – the parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of a violent rift. American Born Chinese author Gene Luen Yang brings his clear-eyed storytelling and trademark magical realism to the complexities of the Boxer Rebellion and lays bare the foundations of extremism, rebellion, and faith.

Boxers & Saints keeps alive a tradition of literature that has been known to us for centuries: the tragedy. Boxers details the life of Lee Bao, a young man who is determined to rid his country of foreign influence. Saints concentrates on the life of Four-Girl/Vibiana, a character to whom we are introduced in Boxers and from whose viewpoint we see another side of the Boxer Rebellion. Four-Girl/Vibiana is not necessarily convinced that the colonisation and missionary work of the foreigners in China is the best thing for her country; but she is also lonely and finds with the foreigners a community and even love. Through both protagonists’ eyes, readers are treated to a complex story of culture, identity, faith and love.

Summary and books in the Boxers and Saints series

Tags: graphic novel, fantasy, historical, culture, war, religion,
Series reading level: 12+
Books in series: 2
Should read in order? No
Next release: Finished

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Books in series order
1Boxers  (2013)
2Saints  (2013)