Author: Joe Sugg
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Released: 22 September 2016
Series: Username: Evie #2
Evie is safe home, but her heart remains in e.scape. She's desperate to return, but the app that transports her has corrupted in the great reboot.
When besotted geek, Lionel, offers to help, he doesn't just restore the gateway as she had planned. He opens up a series of revelations that calls into question everything Evie treasures in life.
With a momentous discovery to be unearthed in the virtual realm, and an e.scape fugitive on the loose in reality, can our sidelined schoolgirl save not one world but two?
I was kindly sent a copy of this book from Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Joe takes us back into e.scape in this fantastic sequel, taking us deeper into the world and the lives of the characters.
All Evie can think about is the guy she left behind in e.scape. She doesn't know his name, only that he no longer exists due to her dad regenerating the world of e.scape. What's worse it that the gateway to e.scape is broken, so she can't even return to the world to see if he regenerated. Evie's cousin Mallory continually tells her to forget about the digital world and her digital guy - she's got a guy in reality who is besotted with her, Lionel. Taking advantage of Lionel's feelings for Evie, she asks him to try and fix e.scape, but Lionel soon finds out he's being used and so deletes all the gateway updates, which luckily does let Evie into e.scape. It feels like home, and Evie soon discovers more than she was hoping for. But in the midst of all this, digital character slip through the cracks and into reality, threatening to start battles in both the virtual and real worlds.
When Joe revealed he was releasing a sequel, he mentioned that this book would be bigger and give you an insight into the characters backstories, which he was spot on about. In this instalment, we get to learn more about Evie and her parents, and the work her father put into creating e.scape. The story felt so much more fleshed out and developed compared to the first book, which is something I really enjoyed.
Once again, Armit Birdi has done a fantastic job with the artwork throughout the book. His art style suits the story perfectly, and he brings the characters to life so well. Another aspect I particularly enjoyed were the plot twists and revelations throughout the story. They were built-up, timed and revealed so well, and it's something I felt was done better in this second book. The climax and action in this book also felt more drawn out and satisfying than in the first.
In other words, this book definitely does not suffer from 'Second Book Syndrome'. It just reads and feels so much better than the first, and I think Joe has added a lot of depth to the story and characters. I'm also hoping that, after the ending we are left with, that we could possibly get a third book. Although, the story does wrap up really well, so the series doesn't necessarily need another book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this second book in the Username series. If you enjoyed the first book, then you are probably going to love this one. If you were a bit on the fence about Username: Evie, I definitely suggest giving this book a go. Whether you are a fan of Joe, or have never heard of him in your life, this book is perfect for anyone who loves graphic novels, or is wanting to get into the genre.