The best way to describe Lore by Alexandra Bracken is Greek mythology meets the Hunger Games. In this action pack novel we are thrusted into a world where the Olympus gods have been punished. Every seven years the gods fall to Earth and must survive seven days as children of the great Greek hero’s hunt them for their power. Many of the original gods are long gone, with new ones taking there place. After so many centuries of this game many participants want the vicious hunt cycle to come to an end.
Lore is the last of the house of Perseus (check) and she doesn’t not want to be involved with the hunt anymore. She wants to leave that life forever and create her own. That is until she runs into her childhood friend, Castor, who is suppose to be dead and the goddess Athena. Soon she finds herself involved in the thing that took her family away from her, but this time she has two goals in mind: revenge for her family and ending the hunt for good.
Alexandra Bracken does a great job weaving common Greek myths and lore into the story without it becoming too overwhelming or confusing. She also questions these myths and brings up how sexist they were and this patriarchy is still seen in the modern day.
My only major concern with the book was sometimes it was difficult to follow when it came to the very intense action scenes. Maybe it was just me who kept getting confused on the position of the characters in a certain situations, there were many times where I was left like “huh when did you get there”.
Overall, Lore was an enjoyable read. It is the perfect standalone novel if you want some Greek inspired novel without the commitment of multiple books. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the Hunger Games, Percy Jackson and the Red Queen.
Thanks to Hachette Australia for a finished copy of the book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publication Date: 12 January 2021
RRP: $19.99 AUD
Personal Rating: 4/5