I have been obsessed with Mulder, Scully, and all X-Files from the start. When I heard there would be origin story for both Mulder and Scully, I nearly lost my mind. I have not had a good track record with Kami Garcia books so I was hesitant to start this. I’m happy to say this was pretty good! Here are my initial thoughts after finishing Mulder’s story:
Short recap: Set in the summer of 1979, Mulder and his quirky best friend, Gary, investigate the disappearances of several young children during their Spring Break. These abductions take place not long after Mulder’s own sister, Samantha, was abducted in a somewhat similar fashion.
Reading about a teenage Mulder was kind of awesome. He is amazingly faulted and flawed as an adult and it was nice to read Kami incorporate that into his teenage self. It lets the long time lovers of this character know he had always been that way. He was such a passionate and fiercely stubborn character made me love him even more. *swoon* His sidekick, Gary, and Gary’s shell-shocked military father, known as The Major, were a nice addition. They certainly helped the story and gave just enough to wet the appetite of the conspiracy theorists out there. The interactions between Mulder and The Major was just the right avenue needed to pull Mulder into the role of the Believer that we know and love. It was brilliant to see where the seed was planted and I believe it was delivered very well.
The in-between chapters give us an insight into The Smoking Man, a very vital character in the actual series. What left me confused was that I never knew exactly why TSM was there, watching Mulder every chance he got. Sure, there are theories from the TV show, but that was decades after this story. Maybe this is one of those story lines that is left up the reader/viewer to interpret.
I’m not sure current YA readers will appreciate Mulder and Scully as much as older readers so I worry about the success of these stories. Afterall, the series came out in the 90s and early 2000s so unless they watched all of the seasons on Netflix, they may not know what was really happening. I am also worried for Scully’s story (Devil’s Advocate) because series books written by different authors can not always go well. Here is to hoping Scully is given some justice and her story done right. I will leave you with some very yummy pictures of Mulder. *swoon again*