Survive! Inside the Human Body, Vol. 2: The Circulatory System

Survive! Inside the Human Body, Vol. 2: The Circulatory System

“A wild ride. Positively clogged with scientific information.” —Kirkus Reviews

The adventure continues in Survive! Inside the Human Body, Volume 2 with an amazing journey through the circulatory system.

In this volume, our heroes Geo and Dr. Brain face hostile white blood cells, Phoebe’s powerful heartbeat, and a bruise that threatens to suck them out of the bloodstream and leave them stranded forever! As you follow their fast-paced comic adventure through Phoebe’s blood, heart, and lungs, you’ll learn all about the human circulatory system.

For ages 8+


  • Age Range: 8 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Survive! Inside the Human Body (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (November 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593274726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593274726
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  1. OMG, this book is awesome! Homeschoolers and others will definitely want to check it out. I learned things I didn’t know (more than I’d care to admit–I learned a lot), and my kids (who had both flipped through this unprompted earlier in the day) actually requested it as their bedtime story. And we stayed up later than we should have to read an extra chapter or two. It’s a comic translated from Korean, and it’s all about the body–they get inside a machine and shrink to go down inside the body, then have adventures. For example, in one chapter they get eaten by a white blood cell… which then pops because apparently that’s what white blood cells do when they die / have eaten too many viruses. Then it’s off to the liver for the next adventure with a macrophage. In general it errs on the side of explaining more rather than explaining less, but just when you think your kids will lose interest, something exciting happens so you remain engrossed.

    Of course, just when they’re about to start the next adventure, the comic book cuts to the outside scene, where Phoebe is having adventures of her own. So you can see the interaction between some of her behaviors, and what’s happening inside her body. At the end of each chapter they have a two-page summary that looks a little more like a textbook, and is a traditional-style review of what you just learned… which I really appreciate, though we skipped those during our bedtime reading 😛 Super fun, and super educational. My kids who are 6 and 9 both enjoyed it thoroughly, and I confess I did as well.

    On Amazon, if you click under the book cover (where it says “view all 6 images”) it gives you a sense of the art style, the adventures, and it even has part of the two-page chapter-end summary so you can see one of those as well.Read more ›

  2. While I wouldn’t say replace the biology textbook with this, it’s a great supplemental text. I can see it appealing to a wide range of people. It says 8+, but I imagine that a high school student might like excerpts from this instead of that carefully prepared ppt.

    The story itself is pretty basic. Geo and Dr. Brain are lost inside Phoebe’s body, taking a tour of her circulatory system in a series of misadventures. At the end of each chapter, you find a more detailed presentation of the topic in question, be that blood typing, our sense of smell, or how we hear.

    I studied biology in college for four years and escaped without hearing some of the words mentioned in this book. When I say it’s detailed, I mean it’s highly detailed. I’m kind of surprised. At first, I was wondering who exactly the target audience is. I mean unless you want your toddler to apply to med school next year you probably don’t need half the terms in the book, but it is very interesting. This is an ingenius way to present some pretty cool information about the human body.

    Conclusion: Whether you just want to look at the pretty pictures or need an edge on the test about the parts of a human heart, this is a wonderful book.

  3. Absorbed from the large intestine into the blood stream, our characters; Geo & Dr. Brain are still trying to figure out how to get their shrunken selves and ship out of their friend Phoebe. “Survive!” is an amazingly well-crafted educational comic that after reading Volumes 1 & 2 am sold on the fact that this book would be outstanding for a curious pre-teen or teen and in some cases should be used in the classroom to help out kids who need to be more entertained while educated in this video game and technology age.

    I believe “Volume 2: The Circulatory System” is a bit more interesting in its approach than “Volume 1”. Racing blood, attacking white blood cells, bee stings and large bruises all complicate things to make for a exciting and classroom quality educational adventure. Both are great reads and i’m anxious to get my hands on “Volume 3: the Nervous System” as well, so that my 8-year old son can have them in the house as he gets older.

    The entire series is a little weird and the characters personalities are very extreme, but I guess that is part of the fun. Phoebe, who’s body is host of the entire book series and the host of the mini-ship is a firecracker personality that is a great catalyst for the adventure. Geo and Dr. Brain are funny characters but Geo is frequently annoying as he cries and whines about everything and frequently sprays water and snot from his eyes and nose. My favorite though, is Kay, the high-strung medical student who is saddled with rescuing our annoying heroes. She’s trying to keep it together, but sifting through poop and trying to control Phoebe, isn’t helping.

    Note to teachers: if you’re having trouble getting your students to learn about the elements discussed in these books. Get them. Try them.

  4. It is rare to find books that teach science and are engaging – without sacrificing one for the other. Survive! trilogy does this with each book focusing on one part of the body. Volume 1 focused on the digestive system, volume 2 explores the circulatory system, and volume 3 takes a tour of the nervous system.

    Dr. Brain, a grey-haired bumbling scientist, invents a ship that looks like a virus and can be miniaturized to explore the body. Dr. Brain and Geo, a self-proclaimed “Master of Survival” who lives as much by his wit as by luck, are inside the miniaturized ship when Phoebe inadvertently consumes it with cookies. All the adventures take place inside Phoebe’s body as Geo and Dr. Brain try to dodge the perils they face (such as stomach acid, white blood cells, electric storms produced by firing neurons, and other internal dangers), anticipate upcoming dangers and potential ways to get out of Phoebe. All the while Kay, Dr. Brain’s high-strung pony-tailed assistant, tries to get the duo out of Phoebe so they can be restored to normal size.

    The in-body adventure is action-packed, light-hearted and fun. Anatomical graphics are true representations of our bodies. Hence readers learn not only through the story’s narrative, but also through the full-color pictures. At the end of each chapter is a two-page spread that summarizes key points of the chapter to help more serious readers focus on key concepts covered in the story. Overall, the trilogy is appropriate for middle-school and high-school students, but may be too basic for college students. Nevertheless, it is fun to read for any age-group. I would like to thank No Starch Press for sending me review copies of this trilogy.

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