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Reviewed by Melissa Tanaka for Readers' Favorite
The Nightingale Protocol by Iqbal Ali is a graphic novel that centers on a futuristic world in which people are cared for by a personal doctor and nurse that are programmed to work within their own body. These applications are referred to as Nightingale Doctors, who can exist both within their patient’s body as well as on the outside so that they can converse face to face with them. When one Nightingale Doctor finds his patient’s illness terminal and her borderline suicidal, he struggles to cope with the idea that although they have technology and medicine, there are some things that just cannot be fixed. Though The Nightingale Protocol begins on a dark note, throughout the story it evolves into something much lighter that offers readers a sense of hope for the future.
As part of the Out There series, The Nightingale Protocol features stunning art to beautifully illustrate Ali’s story and convey to readers a range of emotions. I am a huge fan of graphic novels and although I had never heard of this author before, I was very glad to have picked it up. The graphic novel is around 50 pages, and the pacing of the story is done in a way that the plot line is succinct and complete, but never feels rushed. The concept of Nightingale Doctors is an incredible one — to have twenty-four-hour access to a health care professional who is dedicated to helping you and can detect issues before you do would be absolutely revolutionary. I don’t think I have ever read anything as innovative and original.