A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Much about the Amazons, their island home, Greek gods and heroes, and other figures from Greek history, especially Helen of Troy. Details on New York City and southern Greece.
Choose your own path, don't let fear choose it for you. Value mercy and develop empathy rather than seek power and glory. A strong anti-war/anti-violence message throughout.
Positive Role Models
Like every good origin story, Diana is unsure of herself and her role in the world and grows to accept and own her power and trust in her life decisions. The rest of the teen and young adult cast is diverse. Alia and Jason are half-black, half-Greek. Nim is Indian and a lesbian. Theo is Brazilian with dark-brown skin.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of skirmish violence with explosions, gunfire, swords, a plane and some cars ripped apart, a boat exploding with most passengers drowning. The most common way people die is by being riddled with bullets from automatic weapons. The grossest death: an exsanguination (someone being completely drained of their blood) by a huge mythical creature. Talk of Alia and Jason's parents dying in a car crash and much talk of how each Amazon died in battle to be reborn on the island.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing, not described, and nonsexual coed nakedness at a swimming hole.
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Mostly "damn" and "hell," with the occasional "s--t," "bitch," and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
A Fiat car figures prominently. Junk food on the run includes Doritos.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People over 21 drink champagne and wine at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wonder Woman: Warbringer is the first book in a DC Icons series that assigns popular Young Adult authors different DC world superheroes. Leigh Bardugo, bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows spin-off series brings readers this alternative origin story with modern-day diverse characters. Expect the same amount of violence as a PG-13 superhero movie. While there aren't whole armies facing off, like in the 2017 Wonder Woman movie, there are still plenty of skirmishes with explosions, gunfire, swords, a plane and some cars ripped apart, and a boat exploding with most passengers drowning. The most common way people die is by being riddled with bullets from automatic weapons. The grossest death: an exsanguination (someone being completely drained of their blood) by a huge mythical creature. There's a little strong language at times of stress, "s--t" and "bitch" being the worst of it. Plus, there's some kissing and nonsexual swimming-hole nudity. Readers will learn a bit about Greek heroes, gods, and Amazons and appreciate the strong anti-war message.
Is It Any Good?
This pairing of author Leigh Bardugo and a Wonder Woman origin story is one of the rare perfect occurrences in the universe -- like a total solar eclipse out your window or comfy high heels. Bardugo's take is both modern and fresh and steeped in Greek myth. The modern-and-fresh part will come as a surprise after the 2017 World War II-set Wonder Woman movie. Wonder Woman: Warbringer includes a cast of diverse New York City teens and young adults: Alia is half-black and wears braids, her best friend Nim is Indian, Jason's friend Theo is Brazilian with dark-brown skin. They all have a fun chemistry. Bardugo writes some great dialogue for them during those rare moments they're not in immediate danger. If you're the sort to start to roll your eyes at the unending battles in superhero movies, you'll appreciate the careful character development layered in here.
If you're the sort to shout, "Get on with it," you'll be taken care of, as well. The action scenes really pop the way superhero action should; a plane ripped apart, a car thrown in the air, a hail of bullets here and there, and a nightmarish Greek monster thrown in for good measure. The whole package is an immense treat for teen and adult Wonder Woman fans.
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