Review: The Unstoppable Wasp by Sam Maggs

The latest Marvel Prose novel has some serious girl power vibes. Nadia Van Dyne, aka the Wasp, may be new to being a superhero, and her past may not be great, but that hasn't stopped her from running her own successful lab staffed by an eclectic mix of smart, talented and savvy teenage girls. And life is looking good. She has a great relationship with her stepmother, some great friends and she's even learning to drive and trying her best to like her strict driving instructor. But it also feels as though she never has enough time to do everything, which can be a bit of an obstacle--Nadia has bipolar and it can be hard for her sometimes to know when to stop. Fortunately, her new virtual assistant can help her. And she's forming a new alliance with its creator, Margaret, who used to work with Nadia's dad, Hank Pym. But is Margaret really on the side of good? Or is Nadia in serious danger?

This was a fun, friendly read, perfect for readers in their early teens. There is a lot of girl power within these pages and a lot of cool science facts, along with some interesting characters, some who were familiar to me and some who weren't. If I'm going to judge this one purely on its merit, I would give it a very high score. 

On the other hand, I'm far too old to be in the target readership for this one, which may explain why I found myself getting a little impatient with this one at times. Things were kind of obvious in places, and there wasn't always enough in there to hold my interest, but hey, I would probably have thought that this book was very cool when I was fourteen. And I wouldn't hesitate to gift a copy to a teenage relative.

Overall, The Unstoppable Wasp is a fun novel for teens with plenty of girl power.


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