I haven't seen the 'Wonder Woman' film yet and thought this would would be a good way to get me in the mood. My knowledge of WW is very limited to the 'Justice League' cartoons. Haven't read the comics, never watched the Linda Carter TV show and only knew the very basics of her character's life prior to reading.
Apparently this book kicks off a set of YA books where a different author takes up a DC hero (so there will be a book for Batman, Superman, etc.) and tells the story. Here in WW, she gets caught up in saving a mortal....who is a harbinger of doom. Alia, descendant of Helen of Troy, only wanted to escape her brother. Instead, she ended up in a mess that could bring about destruction and death and darkness, etc. As these stories go.
I wasn't particularly excited by the premise but the idea that Alia was descended from Helen of Troy (hence another mythological tie) seemed interesting. Unfortunately...it's not. I am not familiar with author Bardugo's other work, so this isn't a comparison. But I can say that this book just sort of dragged and dragged. It was highly disappointing to see WW in nothing more in what's really just a YA book that doesn't stand out (or will only stand out because of the main character and the author).
It was all just kind of boring. I know it can be hard to translate characters like these (from a visual medium like graphic novels plus a well-received movie) to the printed page. But it just seemed so...blah. None of the characters seemed interesting (perhaps my perceptions will change with the movie but I was never drawn to WW in the JL cartoons either). The writing was pedestrian.The story was not compelling.
Maybe it's me. But I had such high hopes after seeing how well-rated the book is. Yet another case where I don't understand the love but maybe others will. Got this at my local library and I'd say it's best as a borrow unless you know someone who REALLY loves WW, otherwise it'd make a good gift (I like the cover design).