Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton: Review


Fans of Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Holly Black's The Curse Workers will embrace this richly drawn, Norse-mythology-infused alternate world: the United States of Asgard.

Seventeen-year-old Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the past. His father, a famed warrior, lost himself to the battle-frenzy and killed thirteen innocent people. Soren cannot deny that berserking is in his blood--the fevers, insomnia, and occasional feelings of uncontrollable rage haunt him. So he tries to remain calm and detached from everyone at Sanctus Sigurd's Academy. But that's hard to do when a popular, beautiful girl like Astrid Glyn tells Soren she dreams of him. That's not all Astrid dreams of--the daughter of a renowned prophetess, Astrid is coming into her own inherited abilities.

When Baldur, son of Odin and one of the most popular gods in the country, goes missing, Astrid sees where he is and convinces Soren to join her on a road trip that will take them to find not only a lost god, but also who they are beyond the legacy of their parents and everything they've been told they have to be.
So I was pumped to hear about a book incorporating Norse mythology in modern times. I immediately thought of Thor.
And Loki.
And I knew this book was going to be good. But sadly, I was disappointed.
For most of the book I was SO CONFUSED! We were just thrown into the story with no explanation of anything that was going on. Nothing about the mythology, the different people d the powers they have...nothing!
I could not enjoy the story because I was so confused.
And don't even get me started on the characters.
Soren, the protagonist, is so whiny and depressing. Baldur was weird. and I just didn't like Astrid. AT ALL. She is that one person you hate for no apparent reason.
And Soren and Astrid have one of the worst cases of insta-love I've ever seen. One second he's fine, and then he sees her and he's madly in love and has to control his battle-fever.
But the story itself was very interesting. It was the only thing that kept me going. The whole idea of the gods walking with humans was so unique,and the idea that the most popular god goes missing is so cool. Everything that the characters had to do to get the god back was also very awesome, but everything else in the book was so bad and confusing that it just fell flat.
I wish I could've loved this book. I really do. But I was too confused to be able to.
CONTENT: Kissing, references to sex, mild swearing, and violence, but not graphic.  

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