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"Wonder Women: Tempest Tossed" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

4.5 out of 5 stars

Published by DC Comics on June 2nd, 2020

208 pages

Genre: YA graphic novel

Format: ebook from publisher

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"New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak,Shout) and artist Leila del Duca reimagine Wonder Woman's origins in this timely story about the refugee experience, teenage activism, and finding the love and strength to create change.

Princess Diana believes that her 16th birthday will be one of new beginnings--namely acceptance into the warrior tribe of Amazons. The celebrations are cut short, however, when rafts of refugees break through the Themysciran barrier. Diana tries to help them, but she is swept away by the sea--and from her home--thus becoming a refugee herself.

Now Diana must survive in the world outside of Themyscira for the first time; the world that is filled with danger and injustice. She must redefine what it means to belong, to be an Amazon, and to make a difference.

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is a story about growing into your strength, battling for justice, and the power of friendship." (Goodreads)


*Thank you DC Comics for a free copy in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

When I initially read the description, I was entirely on board with a young, teen activist trying to make a difference within her community. But when I started reading, I became worried that the story was quickly going to become a political jab disguised as a progressive teen book. I was utterly wrong. 

This comic touches on subjects such as immigration, child trafficking, homelessness, and child hunger. The characters have to explain each topic to Diana in a way she will understand. Her naivety reminds us that these complicated and challenging topics still need to be talked about and addressed. All too often, they get overshadowed in the media. My only issue was that there were so many topics. It almost seemed like there was a checklist of every societal issue going on right now. I wish there were more of a central focus on one of two issues. 

Anderson also writes these topics in a way that young readers will understand how serious each issue is, without being too graphic. As the story progresses, a new societal problem appears for Diana to learn about for the first time. At some points, this got to be a bit monotonous, because I already know the seriousness of these issues. But thats just me, some readers might be learning this information for the first time.

These issues also give rise to the fact that Diana is not from New York. She is from an island with wisdom and strength. I thought that most of the world-building would consist of Themysciran, not NYC. For most of us, New York doesn't need an explanation, but it was a stark reminder of some of the living conditions in a city. I only wish that I got to spend more time on Themysciran to see more of Diana's childhood and backstory. 

The reader won't be able to help loving Diana. Her optimum, spirit, and determination are contagious as she attempts to tackle every issue in front of her. 

Overall, Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is an excellent empowerment novel for any young reader. I highly recommend this one to any YA reader looking for a strong female character and story. 

4 out of 5 stars

+.75 Plot

+1 Writing Style

+1 Organization

+.75 World-development

+1 Characters

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