Recently, everyone has been all over Wonder Woman, partly because of the popular movie that came out this summer. But not all of Wonder Woman is World War One and popular love/war stories. Meet Wonder Woman: Warbringer by bestselling author Leigh Bardugo. It’s a completely different story from the favored blockbuster and is even set in a different time period.
Diana has always felt the need to prove herself. As she was born on the island of Themyscira instead of earning her place there as a warrior, she has always questioned whether she truly belongs. But she gets her chance. Defying the Amazon law, she rescues a mortal girl from a shipwreck. When this mortal’s presence starts tearing the island apart, she has no choice but to get her off the island. The Oracle tells her Alia is a Warbringer, descended from Helen of Troy, destined to cause conflict and world war. Diana travels with Alia to cleanse her spirit in the spring of Helen in southern Greece, which will supposedly stop the world war. But not all goes as planned.
Alia is the member of a very rich family. So when she ditches it all for some freedom on a boat trip, she is completely unprepared for what follows. The boat crashes, and a mysterious girl rescues her. She introduces herself as Diana, and after they get off the crumbling-down-around-them island, Diana informs her of her Warbringer status. Together they set off on an amazing adventure, with organizations hunting to kill Alia and try to save the world. Every step of the way there are bombs, squads of soldiers, and even mythical monsters brought back to life. Along with them on the journey are an eccentric fashion designer, and a tech genius, along with a super overprotective brother that’s… hiding something?
Together they set off on an exploration of their inner warrior as well as Greece, in a heartwarming tale of love, betrayal, and true bravery.
This book is for young adults, most suitably ages twelve and up. I really enjoyed this novel. Leigh Bardugo puts Wonder Woman in modern times, so the characters are more relatable. She has a lot of experience in writing YA fiction, including the Six of Crows duology and the Grisha Trilogy, and some other single books. The author also uses flashbacks to show motivation for the characters and to set the mood in a place where a different emotion would otherwise be present. This was a truly eye-opening novel.