Username: Evie by Various
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
First Published: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Running Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Zombies, Action, Family
Like anyone who feels as though they just don’t fit in, Evie dreams of a place of safety. When times are tough, all she wants is a chance to escape from reality and be herself.
Despite his failing health, Evie’s father comes close to creating such a virtual idyll. Passing away before it’s finished, he leaves her the key in the form of an app, and Evie finds herself transported to a world where the population is influenced by her personality. Everyone shines in her presence, until her devious cousin, Mallory, discovers the app… and the power to cause trouble in paradise.
This is not Joe Sugg’s book. (Will get back to that later.)
I liked this a lot. It moves really fast, it’s action-packed, and although the storyline does not make sense in the real world, in a world where crazy unexplained things happen, it sort of does.
What I mean is that there is absolutely no explanation provided for how Evie is able to enter another dimension entirely, except for the fact that her father is a hacker, but that is like saying I can do real magic because my father is an illusionist.
But once you get past the ‘‘wtf’’ scene where she just enters the computer as though it were a portal to another world, you’ll find yourself very engaged with the storyline… or so I hope.
Evie’s the kind of person who makes a great heroine, because she is strong without realizing it and has to be challenged in order to find her inner force.
I’ve seen a lot of people complain about the graphics, and my question is: do you read many comics? Because although I would call this a graphic novel, it does in fact contain the sort of illustrations found in certain comics. I’m used to it, so it didn’t bother me at all, but it is indeed ‘‘rough’’ and coloured in dark tones.
Reading this was a pleasurable experience for me. Because it’s so fast, I finished it in under twenty minutes, which certainly kept me from getting bored. Would recommend.
So to go back to my first statement about this not being Joe Sugg’s book, I shall explain myself: somebody else did the illustrations, not him. Somebody else coloured the illustrations, not him. Somebody else wrote the story, not him. Somebody else did the speech bubbles, not him.
What did he do? He came up with the idea and then ‘‘directed’’ the project. You know how that goes. You’re popular, have a lot of fans, so people know your book is going to sell, should you publish one. But maybe you’re too busy, so you’re like ‘‘okay, maybe not now’’. But then they catch your arm before you leave and they whisper ‘‘don’t you worry, we’ll take care of everything, you just let us borrow your name’’.
That’s how I imagine it went. Or maybe he was interested, and he just assumed someone else would physically create the book for him. I could not look at myself in the mirror if I wanted to write a book and only came up with the idea and characters before letting someone else put my idea in their own words.
But to each their own.
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