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The Unstoppable Wasp: Built On Hope

(Marvel Press Novels)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Bestselling author Sam Maggs brings Nadia Van Dyne (the Unstoppable Wasp) and her genius friends to life in an all-new original YA novel based on the world of The Unstoppable Wasp Marvel comics series.

Nadia Van Dyne is new to this. New to being a Super Hero, new to being a real friend and stepdaughter (to one of the founding Avengers, no less), new to running her own lab,
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Marvel
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Rod Brown
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-real-books
I really love the Unstoppable Wasp comic books, so this overwritten dud is a huge disappointment. The plot isn't original -- with Nadia falling under the sway of a questionable mentor while keeping lots of secrets from her closest friends and family -- but a better writer may have been able to make it tolerable by dumping 100 pages and the oh-so-turgid prose. ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I heard ace spectrum and I came running. I can't keep up with all the recent novelizations of comic book worlds, but once I heard w/w SC and ace spectrum MC plus Marvel I was so sold I immediately requested The Unstoppable Wasp on Netgalley! The Unstoppable Wasp is such a great story because I think we can have this perception that being a superhero is a singular role. But in reality
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If we can’t have an Unstoppable Wasp comic book right now, this novel is the next best thing! I was worried about how the transition to prose would go, but Sam Maggs perfectly captures the vibe of the comic and Nadia’s voice here. And this book is so. in. continuity with the original comic series, it’s insane. I’ve read a few Marvel novels, but this is the first I’ve read that tries to establish itself as apart of the comics continuity 100%. I am the target audience for this novel, definitely, b ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021
This story takes a tremendous amount of time to go anywhere. It's mainly about how Nadia takes on too many projects and can't maintain a balance. It focuses a lot of time on Nadia's bipolar disorder. It almost has an OCD focus on it, repeating the same information again and again. Nadia is also very twee which can be grating.

What I did like about the book is Nadia's support system. Maggs nails Nadia's character. She's bubbly and bright with a million thoughts running through her head at once. I
Kate (GirlReading)
3.75* This was just SO MUCH FUN.

- Nadia is such a wonderful character and is truly a gift to the Marvel universe. She's funny, resilient, feminist, honest and beautifully flawed in a way she acknowledges, grows from and apologises for. All I want is a Nadia/G.I.R.L./Ms. Marvel MCU movie please and thank you.
- G.I.R.L. has everything I love in a girl gang. It's messy, supportive, diverse and imperfect (but also, like, so perfect?)
- The diverse cast of characters were everything. Nadia is bipolar

What I Liked
- Nadia was a great character. I was apprehensive about her at first, but her character development throughout the book made me like her more and more as the book went on.
- The pace of the story. It felt almost like a superhero movie. There was a bit of a lull in the middle, but other than that the story flowed really well.
- I felt that the representation of a character with bipolar disorder was done really well.
- The Marvel and pop culture references.
- The science. I love the "
Jelke Lenaerts
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-releases
I received a galley of this book through Netgalley

Oof, this one just wasn't for me. The main character annoyed the living shit out of me. She was so self centered and hypocritical. I couldn't stand her. I was kind of hoping to get some great girl group moments and we barely got any of it. For the rest I think this book overexplained the most simple and unnececary things. It honestly just felt like the author was talking down to the reader and those moments seemed more aimed at a three year o
Randi (Rampant Reading Reviews)
I received an advanced copy of The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope through Netgalley, so that I could share my review with you!

Trigger Warnings: This book contains a discussion of mental illness (specifically bipolar disorder). It is presented and discussed in a very skillful way, but if you are uncomfortable with this topic, you may want to skip this book.

Finding balance is extremely important, especially when you’re a teenage superhero trying to change the world! Nadia has a lot of things to
Aubree | Literately Speaking
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Unstoppable Wasp is a super fun YA novel branching off of the comic series of the same name. As someone only fairly familiar with the comic book story, I felt comfortable jumping into the plot without much context. In fact, the Science Fact sections of the book were enormously helpful and a neat way of introducing exposition to the reader without weighing down the story.

While I wish more characters had been fleshed out, I was impressed by the way they interacted with one another, making the
Dec 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Have to admit – this was not for me at all
I am a huge fan of the Avengers and the MCU universe so I was excited to read these book and see where the next journey takes us but I found the whole thing disappointing…
The main character Nadia was super annoying!! There was so much entitlement that she would put Iron Man to shame. She was a hypocrite and had that mindset that she was better than
Amazing novel followup to Wasp’s two comic series. Because of the medium, this is more psychologically in-depth & science-filled than the comics. Even so, it flows well and all the characters I loved from the serieses—Nadia, Jan, Shay, Ying, Priya, Taina, Jarvis, et al—make themselves known herein, including some villains & a new potential G.I.R.L. as well.

Regardless if you loved Jeremy Whitely’s comics of Wasp or not, this book shines with optimism, growth, & real characters.
Shireen Hakim
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nadia and her debut YA novel are enjoyable!
This is the first comic book novelization I have read and I am glad I started the genre. A whole novel gives more room to flesh out the complex, mysterious and lovable super hero characters.
Nadia is a cross between Black Widow and Spider-Gwen; she is tough and hard-working yet has a heart of gold.
The Unstoppable Wasp is great because it introduces a strong and smart team of GIRL superheroes.
I especially liked the brief references to Silk and Captain M
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun - if you're unfamiliar with this relatively new Wasp, and the status quo of the Marvel 616 in general, you're in luck on the former, and won't need much of the latter. This standalone story about trust, coming-of-age, mental health and friends is soldly YA, but manages to stay interesting for people who love their comics. Good writing, very much of a specific kind of Girl Power, nice characters. If anything, the arc is limited by the page count, meaning I would have read more. ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Fan Art
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 0
Talky Talk: Adaptation Without Enough Info
Bonus Factors: Marvel, Girl Squad
Relationship Status: Missed Connection

Read the full book report here.
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
-Nadia is a very relatable main character
-Nadia's Science Facts
-Loved the relationship and callbacks to the MARVEL movies
-The ending came around to fast
-Wish I could have learned more about Priya's powers with plants
Overall Impression:
This book was all around fantastic, and should be read by anyone who loves superheroes and the power of people. When I first read about G.I.R.L, it made me think of the people I'm around with, and I started reflecting on how I should treat my friend
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I was NOT expecting that to be her driving instructor. 😂

A bit hard to follow if you're not familiar with the comics, and the plot was pretty predictable. The secondary characters were great, though—I want to see more from G.I.R.L.!

Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.
Zoey Saunders
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Unstoppable Wasp was an incredibly fun, action-packed book with beautifully fleshed out characters and full of friendship goals. One of my favourite books I've read in a while, I absolutely recommend this one for your next read!

The story itself follows Nadia, an incredibly detailed character who is so lifelike in her voice, her aspirations, and her flaws too. Her personality really jumps off the page, and is an absolute role model for any reader. She's on the ace spectrum, has bipolar disor
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

3.5 stars. I had mixed feelings on this - things I loved and things that were a struggle. If I hadn't agreed to review this one, I might have been derailed early on and given up before finishing.

A few examples of things I struggled with: The AI plot was almost non-existent for the first third of the book which gave a lot of character development time, but I was distracted waiti
LoAnna Berringer
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Disney Book Group, and Marvel Press for sending me an early copy in exchange for an honest review.  This book was special for me not only is the author Canadian which is always exciting but the book also talks incredibly honestly about mental health and struggles that even heroes can have.  Naida (the main character) has bipolar disorder, and also likely has suffered from childhood trauma it's discussed a bit but not too much and anxiety.  I love how open and honest Nadia ...more
Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
I wish the last quarter of the book had been what the whole book was like, in which case, my rating would have been higher. I loved the found family aspects of this story, and that we have a main character who has a mental illness that does not DEFINE her, as sometimes happens with characters in books. Nadia firmly falls into the "nobody understands me" time of being a teenager though, so fair warning if you can't stand that. A lot of the distance between Nadia and her friends was a large part o ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Both runs of the Unstoppable Wasp are among my all time favorite comics, and Nadia van Dyne is my absolute favorite Marvel character. I wish this book had done them justice, but unfortunately, it falls flat. Slight spoilers as to why I felt disappointed in the next paragraph.

Some of the best parts of the comics, to me, are Nadia’s unending love for the G.I.R.L.s, them all working together to use their mastery of STEM for the good of their communities and world, and the underlying optimism and ho
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
“We know who you we are, we know why we’re here. And we all know that when we’re together, there’s nothing in this whole world that can stop us.”

I’m not the biggest Marvel comics fan but I do love the movies…with that being said this was such a fun read! The author adds in a lot of marvel super hero reference that any marvel fan (casual or super fan) would really enjoy. There was also a ton of pop culture references and even though I didn’t know them all, it was still fun to read the ones that
Garance J. Bonadonna (The Nerdy Artivist)

I'm really torn with this book. It was not what I was expecting at all.

The good stuff:
The MC is bipolar and the main theme of the book was her taking her meds and going to therapy.
Diverse characters. All badass in their own way.
The writing was fluid, it read like a diary, it was interesting with a lot about different cultures and neat science facts.
All the pop culture references, I'm here for it.

The bad stuff:
I didn't like the MC. I know she was supposed to be described as selfless and
Ross Owen
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
A little predictable and on the nose at times, but not bad for a YA book.

Things I liked:
Positive depictions of dealing with mental health issues and people with mental conditions not being defined by disorders.
Themes of found family.
The inclusion of actual scientific topics was appreciated and often interesting.
Complex morality of the tech-bro mentor figure. The comeuppance was deserved and cathartic, but left a path open to redemption.
Good descriptions of environment and character appearances.
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teens, arcs, lgbt, superheroes
This book was received as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I'll admit I'm a little behind on my comics lore, the last time I caught a current issue back in 2016, but Nadia's backstory is one I'd never heard before but am definitely interested in continuing with it. This was fun, the action packed book I was expecting it to be with an underlying really good energy about mental health. That being said, though, I'm not sure of the age group this is posed to after reading it. The book itself
April B.
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Sam Maggs for allowing me to read an eARC copy of The Unstoppable Wasp!

I loved this book, it is all about G.I.R.L. power and using your intelligence for great things! Nadia is a great character to follow in the story because she has so many things going on, being an ex member of the Red Room, being a superhero, running G.I.R.L., managing bi polar, learning to drive and trying to be a cool American teen! Nadia really cares about her friends and both of her parents have pa
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS STORY! Nadia Van Dyne is the daughter of Hank Pym (the original Ant Man) and Maria Trovaya, a scientist who was kidnapped and killed by Soviet agents after Nadia was born. Nadia was raised in the Red Room, a secret facility where the KGB trained spies and assassins. By obtaining a Pym Particle on the black market Nadia was able to use the particle to shrink and escape from the Red Room to NYC. Here she tracked down and recruited the smartest gals she could find and created G.I.R.L. (G ...more
Atlanta Bushnell
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Scholastic Australia for sending me a copy of The Unstoppable Wasp by Sam Maggs to review.

The Unstoppable Wasp follows the story of Nadia Van Dyne, Hank Pym’s (the original Ant-Man) daughter. In this story Nadia is the teenage Wasp and she is trying to settle into her new Super Hero life in America after escaping the Red Room (the assassin training) where she was raised.

I felt this story was more about Nadia and her everyday life than the super hero aspect, which was ever present but
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book The Unstoppable Wasp tells a story about Hope van Dyne, aka the Wasp in Marvel Comics. In this story she is trying to learn how to balance all of her competing interests, such as running her G.I.R.L. lab, moving, and learning to drive. However, when she discovers something unexpected left by one of her birth parents, all of these desires continue to be challenged. I enjoyed reading this book. I thought it portrayed someone dealing with mental illness in an interesting and realistic way. ...more
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SAM MAGGS is a bestselling writer of books, comics, and video games, including Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope, Tell No Tales, Con Quest!, and Marvel's Spider-Man PS4. A Canadian in Los Angeles, she misses Coffee Crisp and bagged milk. Visit her online at or @SamMaggs! ...more

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