- File Size: 2423 KB
- Print Length: 448 pages
- Publisher: SHP (March 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 28, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DL35084
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,870,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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On one level, it's a story based in a familiar science-fiction theme: a spacefaring vessel is wrecked on a planet inhabited by an intelligent but technologically primitive race. One of the native tribes discovers the accidental visitors' camp, and the novel follows the two groups over a period of a couple of years, as they interact with and endeavor to understand each other.
But from the very first page, it's obvious this is a completely different "first contact" story. The twelve shipwrecked spacefarers have familiar names: Athena, Zeus, Hera, Artemis, Apollo... Yet the members of both groups are definitely human, physically and emotionally very like each other despite the fact that the accidental visitors are far from their home world. What's going on here? It's a mystery the twelve visitors attempt to solve even as they struggle to build a base for themselves on this strange – but not entirely strange – new planet. And the solution is so clever that I gasped and then laughed out loud when I discovered it.
The story is told from multiple points of view (including, briefly, that of a young owl), but the two central characters are Athena, the youngest of the visitors, daughter of the ship's captain, sixteen when the novel begins, and Prometheus, a teenaged member of the stone-age tribe. Stunned by the unusual habits and abilities they observe in these new people, the natives take them for supernatural beings; the spacefarers, equally baffled by the cave-dwelling tribe's way of life, suppose the natives are mentally as well as technologically primitive. But Athena and Prometheus become friends, and their friendship leads both groups into a series of adventures.
This novel will be appealing to readers of all ages, interesting and amusing whether they are familiar with the ancient Greek myths or not. It's well and clearly written, in straightforward and colloquial language. It humanizes all the characters – not only the "gods and goddesses," who after all are very human in the mythic stories themselves, but maybe more importantly the stone-age people, who are just as human as we are despite their primitive technology. As a retired teacher, I couldn't help thinking how much a middle-school or high-school class would love this. I'd certainly teach it in a unit about mythology. And as a movie producer (in my dreams), I'd grab this one in a minute.
Jenny Twist is an amazing author whom I discovered only recently. I can't wait to read more of her work!
This innovative mixture of gods and heroes from Greek myths hurtled into the unknown (by a mishap in space and a crash landing to face a whole new set of problems posed by a strange environment that included minor deities and heroes), engrossed me from the first page. It promised a very entertaining mix and plenty of excitement. When Twist throws the most famous gods and heroes such as Zeus, Athena, Prometheus, Pandora, Atlas, Apollo, Artemis and all the rest into a big modern melting pot, you have to expect the unexpected! But the result is quite delightful.
The sympathetic—and often amusing—way the deities are characterised and humanised is inspired. Each one keeps his/her recognisable traits from the ancient stories, but takes on more human aspects to account for some of their quirks and idiosyncrasies. I especially enjoyed the strong female deities taking ownership of their traditional roles and adding their own personal, feminine touches.
The use of modern colloquialisms made them accessible, endearing and highly entertaining. I especially liked the portrayal of the three feisty ‘A’ females: Artemis, Aphrodite and Athena. They kept the action moving forward in a very human way as well as milking every opportunity to add humour and interest to the story through their unique personalities. Permeating their stories is a rather poignant, coming of age love story to which just about anyone of any age can relate.
All in all, I found this an inspired story, engrossing, entertaining and beautifully written. Jenny Twist is a great story-teller and I can see this having an appeal to all ages as a new way to visit classical mythology in a novel, informative and engaging way.
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