Friday, June 22, 2012

The Dig - Audrey Hart

Publisher: Backlit Fiction
Pages:  229
Source:  electronic review copy
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, and Mythology

From Goodreads:
Zoe Calder has always been an outsider. Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds. Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world. And one day, while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete, Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that transports her to ancient Greece.

As Zoe quickly learns, the Olympian Gods are real, living people—humans with mysterious powers… Powers that Zoe quickly realizes she has come to possess, as well. However, when the people of ancient Greece mistake Zoe for an Olympian, the Gods must restore the balance of the ancient world… No matter what.

Zoe is forced to play a confusing and dangerous game as Hera rallies the gods against her—all except for Zeus, the beautiful, winged young god who risks everything to save her.

Out of time and out of her element, teenager Zoe Calder finds herself in ancient Greece, battling against the power of the Olympians and the vengeance of a scorned goddess—all for the strange and mysterious boy she has come to love.

My Thoughts:
We teach Greek Mythology every year at school.  It has never been one of my favorite subjects.  However, recently there have been some great books out that deal with Greek mythology in a different light.  This is one of those books and it is great.

Zoe is the type of young girl that teens will be able to relate to.  She suffers bullying at the hands of those in her boarding school because she doesn’t fit it.  I will have to say here that she doesn’t really try very hard to fit in.   When she ends up in 1000 BC, Ancient Greece her life changes.  Suddenly, the most popular boy (Zeus) has fallen for her.  I loved the idea that the gods and goddesses were portrayed as teenagers instead of the way we teach about them.

She realizes that these gods and goddesses are not much different than the teens she left behind at the boarding school except here they all have powers.  This is just the first book in the trilogy and the second one is a definite must read.  After all, we must see how things progress for Zoe.

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