A review by stromberg
The Pink and the Blue by I. Merey

challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Pretty is prettier when messy, and strangeness enhances beauty. In this gorgeous digital art book, unruly, delicate, messy beauty spills across page after page. Arresting specificity fades to blurred hints of colour, colour that splashes beyond the lines which bound it.

The story comes through only in morsels, telegraphic vignettes of tumultuous human relationships bursting with yearning adoration or with hostile antagonism. What we read is in service not of plot but of mood.

The book portrays an emotional universe of heightened intensities, of perpetual beauty and tragedy, where beauty often is bloodied. It ranges from the languorously sensual to the sticky-icky: promiscuous lust and open wounds, catastrophic prettiness and the lonesomeness of emotional squalor, light gore and too many cigarettes, alluring fluidity of gender and of sexuality.

If that sounds like your jam, then I assure you that this book is your jam.

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