Monday, July 13, 2020

Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson - ESSENTIAL

Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson, 352 pages. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (Macmillan), 2019. $18.                     

Language: G (0  swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13 (Discussion about sex tapes, sex and showing more skin. Sex is off the page); Violence: PG (Fighting, characters being killed)



16yo Ariadne's entire life is filmed on camera and shown to the world. With the help of her two older sisters and her dysfunctional family, their show is the hottest thing on television. Fourteen contestants will soon compete in the Labyrinth Contest where they will face the Minotaur in the maze and attempt to kill him. Nobody has survived the challenge in 14 years. Ratings skyrocket when the gorgeous prince of Athens arrives in Crete for the contest.  Theseus asks Ariadne's help in defeating the Minotaur for he is determined to end the Labyrinth Contest for good.  Ariadne senses something different in Theseus and can feel herself falling for him.  Does he really care about the other contestants, or is he just another character her father has hired to boost ratings?      

Reality TV mixed with Greek mythology sounds crazy, but it works.  If you would like a glimpse behind the making of a reality tv show this is the book for you.  But first, you must refresh your knowledge of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur or you may feel like this story closely resembles Hunger Games. Emily Roberson has created a very clever modern take on the ancient Greek Mythology story.  The intense story line and the creative dialogue kept me up at night turning pages.  Students will really enjoy this book whether they enjoy Greek Mythology or not.  I cannot recommend it enough!       

Jessica Nelson Librarian                                                                  

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