Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: Fantasy (mythology)
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 480 pages
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Recommended for fans of: Greek Mythology, Percy Jackson, The Hunger Games
Content Warnings: sexual assault, graphic violence, death of family members/loved ones
From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love and redemption.
Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.
Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.
The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.
I loved this YA fantasy standalone for its unique, modern take on Greek mythology. Every seven years, the descendants of ancient Greek heroes hunt the gods in attempts to claim their divine power and immortality in a Hunger Games-esque, weeklong even known as the Agon. Lore Perseous, the last of the line of Perseus, has turned her back on that lifestyle, but she gets dragged back into the hunt to avenge the deaths of her family.
I adored Lore and the entire cast of strong, complex characters. Lore just wants to be in control of her own destiny, but she fears she is bound by the Fates. This book also explores themes of duty, freedom, choice, legacy, strength, and sacrifice.
The writing was beautiful and full of exciting twists. The romance was perfectly crafted to give me all the feels without overpowering the plot. I also loved the way the story explored womanhood and feminism, particularly in one conversation between Lore and Athena.
I loved the book so much that I went out and bought the hardcover so I could have a physical copy of this incredible book with its stunning cover. This may be the first book I finished in 2021, but I can already tell it will be a favorite this year.
Thank you to Disney Publishing Worldwide and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.