Strata is not a rule follower. She and her buddies have gotten away from their Mad Max-ish caravan and are looking for treasures. Probably they shouldn’t be doing this, because the Pipers (evil, energy-seeking aliens) are close enough that—oops!–Strata and her friends might uncover something that would attract them.
But there’s a pony! And Kleidi (the pony) is a neat twist on the cliché of girls and ponies, because Kleidi is a robot, a fast and clever robot. Kleidi can also stop really fast and hard.
Along the way, we learn about the dystopian homeland that the Earth has become, and how humans have adapted and yet are still losing against aliens who see them and their planet simply as food and minerals. It’s nothing like Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales about moments in U.S. history, and yet the storytelling and art are equally perfect for the topic.
Pick up Zita the Spacegirl (Ben Hatke) and you’ve got an excellent double feature for a rainy afternoon of reading.
one Trick Pony by Nathan Hale