Volume three continues the brilliant bittersweet aspect of Twin Spica. Thankfully Vertical is putting them out every 60 days, so there are no three or four month delays in the story. In volume three, Asumi has run away, left the program because she believes that her father was the one person responsible for the crash of Lion, the Japanese manned spaceship into a populated area, causing death and sorrow. She must face this and either let the shame overcome her dreams, or find a reason to go on.
We also start to get to see the background of two of the teachers, including one who bullied her, and one of her most distant classmates. While we exult every time Asumi and her friends overcome obstacles, the reality that there can be only ten from 200 to make it is always there. And each person has their own drive, dreams and burdens they carry. Each volume shows us that great dreams are not make without sacrifice and pain, but also without the joy of desire. Like volume 2, we are left hanging a bit, waiting for the next volume to fill out the rest of the story and move us further to finding out if Asumi will reach her dream. I recommend buying the books ahead of time (it is less expensive) and they will arrive every 60 days.
A four to a four and a half, as not as half smile, half tears intense as the first two volumes but I expect volume 4 to be a five.