5 Worlds is a sci-fi/fantasy graphic novel series written and illustrated by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel and with their collaborators, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun.
Three unlikely heroes, Oona, An student at the Sand Dancer Academy, is a fighter with a huge destiny on her shoulders, An Izu, A poor but streetsmart boy, and Jax Amboy, A star athlete is beloved by many across the galaxy are brought together in war with their 5 planets are overheating unless five ancient and mysterious beacons are lit by a skilled Sand Dancer.
The series has 3 installments currently and is planned to be a five-part series:
- The Sand Warrior: Released on May 2nd, 2017
- The Cobalt Prince: Released on May 8th, 2018
- The Red Maze: Released on May 7th, 2019
- The Amber Anthem: Plan to release sometime in 2020.
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Tropes found in 5 Worlds and it's installments:
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Many civilians of the Five Worlds seem to have unordinary skin designs and colors. A well known example is the folk of Toki who have blue skin.
- Artificial Limbs:An Izu gets one for his right arm and leg due to his Disappearing Illness in Book 3.
- Big Sister Instinct: Oona's sister,Jessa.
- Captive Audience: Oona is forced to watch the rest of her classmates and teachers get held hostage by Toki forces in the burning castle.
- Cat Folk: The Great Queen and her son especially when he was younger look very cat-like in appearance.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Stan Moon who owns a monopoly called Stan Inc that putt many companies like An Izu's father out of the market if they didn't sell their companies to him.It turns out that he is also another puppet of The Mimic.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Tessa,who uses the black sand of Moon Toki , yet she's an ally of her sister,Oona
- Demonic Possession:The Cobalt Prince and Stan Moon are secondary antagonists who are the puppets of The Mimic.
- Disappointing Older Sibling: Tessa
- Disney Death:Jax's disappearance at the beginning of The Cobalt Prince on Salassandra and Oona and An Izu believed that he died.In the third book,It was revealed that he was saved by a Devoti who absorbed itself with him.
- Handicapped Badass
- Jax loses his right arm at the Siege of Mon Domani after it was crushed by rubble of the Stadium the majority of The Sand Warrior.
- An Izu appears to be suffering of a disappearing illness through out the series with his right limbs dissapearing in book 3.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Jessa gives up her life to seal herself and The Mimic's heart in Molten Toki Sand.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Oona,one of the three children who can wield the living fire,goes through a lot of trauma as her classmates are kidnapped by Toki forces and has to deal with her sister that was taken away from her when she was little had to sacrifice herself to destroy The Mimic's Heart and the puppets of The Mimic are constantly after her.
- Kids Are Cruel:
- The kids at the academy who tease Oona for being clumsy
- The Missing and Possessed Children in The Cobalt Prince
- Only the Chosen May Wield The Living Fire,which only three sand dancers can use. It's also used to light the beacons of the Five Worlds.
- Power Crystal: Sandstones are basically this despite not looking like a gemstone.They store sand for users of sand dancing.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits:A four-man teenage rebel gang Oona allys with in the ''The Red Maze'
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Jax, who is an android.
- Sand Blaster: The Art of Sand Dancing with withdrawing sand from the user's sandstone.
- Sealed Evil in a Can:The Mimic
- The Chosen People: The blue inhabitants of Toki to protect the Queen's arm that has the heart of the Mimic grasped in it.
- Token Trio: Oona (white female), An Izu (white male), and Jax (black male)
- Unlikely Heroes: The description of the book references this trope.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids? An downplayed in-universe example; A old fairytale that An Izu was read to as kid was a very tragic story about the Queen and The Mimic. He lampshades this that its the saddest childrens book ever written.