Happy Monday, guys!
Let's kick off the week with a fun romp of Greek gods showing up in modern day England. Who Let the Gods Out was zippy entertainment, and a surefire hit for anyone who wants to learn more about the gods!
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Published March 28th 2017 by Chicken House (first published May 19th 2014)
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Virgo, a 13,974-year-old girl, is on a routine mission to Earth. Naturally, she takes Elliot along with her. Then the routine mission turns not-so-routine, and an evil immortal named Thanatos escapes to wreak havoc on humanity . . . whoops.
The only way Elliot and Virgo are going to stop Thanatos is to enlist the help of Zeus and the rest of the Olympians. But the famous Greeks have been retired for centuries -- living disguised amongst mortals -- and they may have lost a step or two.
With more prophecies, gods, and ancient weapons than he knows what to do with, normal Elliot is going to have to get creative to save a world that's just gotten a whole lot more abnormal . . . and immortal.
In Who Let the Gods Out? Evans mixes some Lemony Snicket-esque sensibilities, with the fun of Rick Riordan, in new modern take on many familiar faces. There is a human boy, an immortal girl and a Big Bad (a la Buffy), and it's up to the pair to do their best and figure out how to make sure that the Big Bad doesn't interfere with the Greeks, who have been living amongst the mortals for some time.
While the comparisons to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series are inevitable, Who Let the Gods Out? is so delightful, it absolutely stands on its own. Evans has a winner of a hero in Elliot, and you can't help but admire his tenacity, even when he's struggling between wanting to focus on survival - something he's been doing a lot of, since his mother hasn't exactly been right.
Evans is also a deft hand at modernizing the gods; she makes them fit in exceedingly well in modern Britain, and readers will appreciate the distinctive (and humorous!) personalities that she draws for them, especially when contrasting with books like Riordan's. The story also presents a good look at the Greek landscape, and readers will appreciate the depth both for Evans's writing, and for the sheer information that it can bring to those who are looking to study up on the Greeks for the first time.
Bottom line: highly recommend, and looking forward to a sequel.