Survive Inside the Human Body Manga Series!

Survive Inside The Human Body  Images: No Starch Press
Survive Inside The Human Body Images: No Starch Press

Wow. That is really all I have to say about the 3-part series: Survive Inside the Human Body. From the digestive system, to the circulatory system, to the nervous system, this series of books give everyone a great way to learn about the ins and outs of human anatomy.

The story follows four main characters, Geo, Phoebe, Kay, and Dr. Brain on their unexpected journey.

Digestive System Preview  Image: No Starch Press
Digestive System Preview Image: No Starch Press

Geo and Phoebe are great friends who head to a medical research lab to meet another friend, Kay, a medical student and assistant to Dr. Brain. Dr. Brain is working on a break-through invention to miniaturize himself inside of a capsule and explore the inner workings of the human body (think Magic School Bus here).

One thing leads to another and Geo and Dr. Brain find themselves inside of Phoebe, and Geo gets a science lesson like no other. At first, they think they can escape through the digestive system, until they can’t and they make their way to the circulatory system. All this time, Geo is learning more than he cared to know about Phoebe.

Circulatory System  Image: No Starch Press
Circulatory System Image: No Starch Press

During their race to get out of Phoebe, they see something in her brain that puts them on high alert. All of a sudden, this changes their mission from trying to escape to trying to save their friend.

After some disgusting, yet funny moments, they finally make their way to and out of the nervous system.

The story is written so well that I forgot I was learning while I worried about how this small group of friends would find their way out of this mess.

Nervous System Preview  Image: No Starch Press
Nervous System Preview Image: No Starch Press

The only thing I didn’t like about these books is we don’t learn why everyone is such great friends. We learn that they’re the “survivors,” but we don’t know why. From what I can tell from their maturity levels, Geo and Phoebe are a lot younger than Kay. It would have been nice for their ages and how they met to have been included in the “Meet the Cast” section at the front of the book.

From the start these books are such a crazy, fun ride. My 8-year-old son picked them up without me asking him to. He even sat down and read a little bit of one. So, if you want to learn or teach about the human body in a fun and engaging way with a little humor thrown in, pick up Survive Inside the Human Body.

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Dakster Sullivan is a network administrator by day and a cosplayer by night. She loves discovering new books to read, tech to play with, and ways to express her herself. She has anxiety and depression and strives to educate others about these invisible illnesses.