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Username: Evie by Joe Sugg

2015-09-19 08.54.31

Title: Username: Evie
Author: Joe Sugg
Genre: Science fiction | Graphic novel
How I got it: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

The first book by YouTube star Joe Sugg tells the story of Evie, a socially-isolated teenage girl who struggles to fit in at high school. Always looking for a way to escape, she spends her nights supporting her terminally-ill father, who is tirelessly working on a computer program. When her father passes away, Evie is forced to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousin—Mallory—who is the most popular girl in school and the bane of Evie’s existence.

One night, as she’s going through her father’s computer, Evie stumbles on a strange file that sucks her into a virtual world. As Evie explores this strange, new land, she learns it was the project her father was working so tirelessly on: a virtual Eden where Evie can get away and be herself. However, Evie is not alone; Mallory also discovers the world and her presence causes the idyll to descend into chaos. Now Evie must save the virtual world or lose her last connection to her father.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This graphic novel was amazing.

I’ve read some video game-based stories before and they all have one thing in common: virtual reality. That was nothing new here, but the premise of the virtual world was unique.

Evie enters a world called E.Scape created by her father as a way for her to literally escape reality for a bit. The population of E.Scape all knew she was coming and were as happy as can be, as they are easily influenced by her positive attitude.

So when Mallory, Evie’s cousin who she does not get along with, enters E.Scape the world is turned upside down and grows chaotic with Mallory’s negativity.

Evie, with the help of a mysterious man, has to stop Mallory before the world becomes a mess of corrupted coding.

All the characters were likeable–even Mallory as she became a villain accidentally.

I read this graphic novel within a half hour. My only complaint was that I wish it were longer so I could make the enjoyment last.

Username: Evie by Joe Sugg gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“If my journey into the city was a dream, the route out was a nightmare. One that grew darker by the mile.” –Joe Sugg, Username: Evie

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Author:

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

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