- Age Range: 12 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
- Series: The Goddess War (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Tor Teen; First edition (September 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765334437
- ISBN-13: 978-0765334435
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 9 Up–This exciting, supernatural thriller pairs ancient Greek mythology with contemporary American culture. A feather slowly tears its way through the roof of Athena's mouth. Despite the centuries of immortality she has shared with her family, the gods and goddesses of Olympus, a twilight has fallen upon them, stripping them of their power and their invulnerability. While there has always been animosity among them, the growing fear has amplified these tensions, and as the Goddess of Warfare, Athena knows what is to come. A world away, Cassandra has been experiencing premonitions throughout her entire life, but can sense that the visions are about to abruptly end when she turns 18. Athena sets off to find Cassandra, who she believes will be a weapon in the coming war, and soon realizes that she cannot escape the sins of her past and must rely on those she has hurt the most. One of the strongest features of the book is the use of alternating points of narration, with chapters switching between Athena's and Cassandra's perspective until they join together for a final confrontation with the forces that seek to harm them. This technique keeps readers focused on both of the heroines. Antigoddess is sure to be a high-interest title for fans of the supernatural.–Ryan F. Paulsen, New Rochelle High School, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
“We are more monsters than gods now, but some are worse than others,” Demeter whispers, describing the chaos in the contemporary world as god after god begins dying horrifically. Athena’s body is being overwhelmed by white and brown feathers invading her organs; Hermes is becoming weaker and gaunter. Both know another war is coming, this time with the two of them aligned against Poseidon and Hera, and other gods choosing sides in a battle to their deaths. But Demeter has told Athena that 18-year-old Cassandra (who lives in Kincaid, New York, and was once the prophetess Cassandra of Troy) will “change everything.” In alternating chapters, Blake gradually weaves the gods’ painful journey to garner allies and understand their diseases with Cassandra’s typical teenage life of good friends, supportive family, and a handsome, loving boyfriend. The gods’ world, while contemporary, is violent and laced with bizarre circumstances and powers, but Cassandra’s is a normal adolescence in spite of her clairvoyance. It is Cassandra’s visions that align their two worlds, creating the series debut’s ultimate drama and tension, which promises to play out in subsequent Goddess War adventures. Grades 7-10. --Frances Bradburn
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Cassandra has been reincarnated into a high school student that can still see the future. She's been in a relationship with Aiden for years and just loves him dearly. But Aiden is really Apollo and he just really love Cassandra and wants to be with her. She is unaware that she's the same Cassandra from Troy. Her brother Henry is the reincarnation of Hector and her best friend Andie is the reincarnation of Andromache therefore Hector's wife.
Odysseus has been reincarnated as well but somehow he remembers his past lives and finds Athena. He's strong and there is something there between him and Athena. She tries to act otherwise but she feels something for him.
This book is definitely worth reading and I'm looking forward to reading the next book.
I devoured Antigoddess in just a few days. For a good portion of the book there are two stories being told, one of Cassandra, a high school girl who has premonitions into the future; and the other of Athena and Hermes, two dying gods trying to figure out a way to live. I loved the paranormal aspect that accompanied the gods, like a woman stretched out across the desert so they were standing near her eye, a god who could get owls to do her bidding suddenly choking to death on their feathers, and Nereids (Poseidon's minions) who are able to clone humans. I also loved the relationship between Cassandra (the telepath) and her boyfriend Aidan, although it didn't go the way I was hoping.
But I found myself more drawn to the story of the high school girl as at times I got lost when the gods were referencing so many different names. If you're up on Greek mythology, you probably won't have as hard of a time. I was vaguely able to keep up because of my love for Percy Jackson. Regardless, Kendare's prose was just as spot on as it was in the Anna series, and did not disappoint. While I didn't like this one as much as Anna Dressed in Blood, I still enjoyed it immensely, and look forward to the sequel. Honestly, I would like to give it 4.5 stars if Amazon would let me.
The concept of Antigoddess was intriguing, but it was the execution of it is what made it shine. Every time Athena pulled a feather through the skin in her mouth or Hermes was even described, I would cringe. Blake was able to open my imagination, and I could almost feel the feathers and emaciation. The pacing did drag some through the middle, but the ending was glorious. Blake does not hesitate in killing her characters off most gruesomely, and that is exciting in itself. There was also the mirroring of the events regarding the Trojan War that rocked my socks.
Antigoddess' characters were just as interesting as the concept. Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare, had not been worshipped in years and looked very like the typical teenage girl, right down to the purple streaks in her hair. She knew that she was dying, but was not willing to die - or even allow her brothers to, for that matter - without a fight. Watching her step minisculely away from her hardened virginal stance to open her heart was sweet to watch. Hermes was a good balance to his sister Athena's hardened nature and was much more human. Cassandra and Aiden were an abnormally well adjusted couple who were happily in love on the other side of the country. He was fully aware of her psychic abilities and supportive of them, though he was a bit boring. When these characters were brought together, it did not seem forced, and the story-lines melted together nicely.
However, despite all of these great things about Antigoddess, I never really got into it. I did not realize this until the end. The scenes at the end were well-written and exciting, but I found myself not caring about the outcome overmuch. I have been crying at the drop of a hat while reading lately, and I did not get emotional at all during the last battle in the book. This was surprising to me because I was one hundred percent into Anna Dressed in Blood.
Even though I was not caught up in the events and characters of Antigoddess, it was still an enjoyable read. I think fans of Blake's previous work and Greek mythology in general will eat up this novel. As for me, I am still interested in seeing what comes next in the Goddess War series.
- 3.5/5 Stars -