Pressure Internalized

Like most Vertical authors, Keiko Suenobu is no stranger to writing works that addresses serious issues facing today’s youth, by often placing characters into some serious situations. Her previous manga, Life, earned her the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award, and her latest work, Limit, more than lives up to the standards set by it.

This second volume will continue to disrupt you at the core level, leaving you unable to put this book down even when you’re past your breaking point. From the start volume two is more introspective than the previous. That doesn’t mean it isn’t just as tense and terrifying, however. While the first volume of Limit directly dealt with the themes of bullying, this volume deals with the depths of this small band of characters. With the world of high school cliques and popularity they used to live in now demolished, these girls need to figure out how they’re going to survive this horrible ordeal. How are they going to deal with that pressure? They can’t hold out forever, will they ever be rescued? Will they all survive? Characters collide and true intentions are revealed in this thrilling volume of Limit!

“I can’t remember the last time I was this freaked out by a manga… Remember the hubbub over the 2002 non-fiction book, Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughters Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman? Parents had quite the shocking wake-up call about what their little girls could really be like among their so-called friends. Limit strips away all that made-up glamour and privilege, and throws the girls into a brutal 21st-century Lord of the Flies survival-of-the-most-desperate-setting. Thus the nightmare begins… I’m still shaking (and with that cliffhanger-ending, can hardly wait to see what happens next).”–The Smithsonian Institute’s Book Dragon