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REVIEW! Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Leading up to the release and even now a few months later I hear so many people say this is like Greek mythology meets the Hunger Games and it’s mainly what made me want to read it (it did not disappoint)

Rating: ★★★★

The blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
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.

The only insight into Greek mythology I’d really had before reading Lore was from Percy Jackson and although that series does show that the gods were not the nicest, this book really highlighted just how selfish and brutal they really are.

I really liked how cautious and untrusting Lore was around Athena in the beginning, it was completely understandable after what the gods did to her family and would do to her if they found her. I thought Lore’s character development was good, I liked how, even though the whole book takes place in the space of a week, it didn’t feel too rushed with her learning to trust people that weren’t her best friend, Miles.

I think my favourite thing about the book was the game aspect, I love when a book has a game or tournament and I think this one was absolutely brilliant. It was brutal (hence why it’s likened to Hunger Games), there’s lots of death and not knowing who to trust and I was absolutely here for it. I loved how the characters strategized and had to plan how to make it through the week of the Agon alive, and how they kept having to change their plan to fit with what else was going on around them. All the characters were cunning (some more than others) and they all seemed to show initiative, including, and I think especially, Miles who was the most resilient considering this was a world thrust on to him out of nowhere and he had to learn to adapt quickly to keep himself and his friends alive.

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