Genre: YA Literature, fantasy
Synopsis: Elliot Hooper is in dire straits. He’s not doing well in school, he’s worried about paying the bills, he’s struggling to keep a roof over his head, and perhaps most importantly–his mother can’t remember any of this. Enter Virgo, a member of the Zodiac Council, who desperately wants to prove her worth. In order to do so, she steals a potion to give to Prisoner 42. After she crash lands on earth, she ropes in the help of Elliot, and the two accidentally release the prisoner. What could possibly go wrong?
Review: This book was so good that I sent my friend about 40 different video snaps once I was done with it. It was light-hearted for the most part, funny in all the right places, and simply, wonderfully silly.
There’s Elliot, who knows too much about how humans are supposed to live, and Virgo, who knows nothing at all. And, of course, then we have to enter Patricia and Thanatos, as well as Zeus, Athene, Aphrodite, and Hermes. These characters were portrayed in a way that is perfect for middle school readers. They’re funny, silly, and all-around heartwarming.
However, I have to admit to you right now that this book is more silly than it is explanatory. The (retired) Olympians have cell phones, they chill on Earth, and they have daily newspapers which chronicle what’s happening in poetry. There’s no explanation for this–though perhaps that’s all the explanation we need. It is what it is. That being said, if there was an explanation for all these modernities, it’d probably ruin the silly feeling the book emits.
There were some things that I would have liked a little more explanation on, but given that it’s the first of the series, I figure that everything will be explained in due time…it just goes to show that I need to be more patient.
That being said, though, I’m so excited for the next one. This first book was such a pleasure to read, and its witty one-liners and familial love left me feeling more than satisfied, and curious to see where the next one will lead…