ARC Review: Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed

Wonder Woman and Laurie Halse Anderson is honestly a perfect match. This beautiful, touching story about home and justice is incredible, and everyone should read it.

Title: Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: DC Ink
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Genres: YA Contemporary Fantasy

I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Official Synopsis

Diana of Themyscira believes that her sixteenth birthday will be one of new beginnings—namely, acceptance into the warrior tribe of the Amazons. But her birthday celebrations are cut short when rafts carrying refugees break through the barrier that separates her island home from the outside world. When Diana defies the Amazons to try to bring the outsiders to safety, she finds herself swept away by the stormy sea. Cut off from everything she’s ever known, Diana herself becomes a refugee in an unfamiliar land.

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is a story about growing into your strength, fighting for justice, and finding home.

Quick Thoughts

  • I have zero quick thoughts for this book. I just want to delve right into the nitty gritty of this amazing book. So let’s get into it 🙂

Lasting Impressions

This is probably the most relatable version of Diana I’ve come across yet. At sixteen, she’s dealing with… puberty! She is still struggling with it, but as the only teenager on Themiscyra, no one understands what she’s going through. It’s honestly kind of funny, since we’ve all been there. I also loved how the art didn’t portray her as a super model—she’s tall and gawky with so many flyaways that I know my sixteen-year-old self would have adored this version of her (not that I don’t now).

Despite these differences in character design and development, Diana’s big heart is still there. I love how her empathy shows, how her worry shows, and I was right there with her. The secondary character and fellow teenager Raissa is a good foil for Diana, and their friendship is a beautiful thing.

Anderson did an incredible job handling the themes of refugees, war, child trafficking, and more. It was wrenching to see Diana unable to do anything for her friends as she also finds herself a refugee from Themyscira.

Overall Feelings

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved it so I would love to see more of this version of Diana. Period. I could not get enough of this story.

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