Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Dig: Zoe and Zeus

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Book Details

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 445 KB
Publisher: Backlit Fiction; 1 edition (November 7, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English

Book Summary

Zoe Calder has always been an outsider. Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds. Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world. And one day, while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete, Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that transports her to ancient Greece. 

As Zoe quickly learns, the Olympian Gods are real, living people—humans with mysterious powers… Powers that Zoe quickly realizes she has come to possess, as well. However, when the people of ancient Greece mistake Zoe for an Olympian, the Gods must restore the balance of the ancient world… No matter what. 

Zoe is forced to play a confusing and dangerous game as Hera rallies the gods against her—all except for Zeus, the beautiful, winged young god who risks everything to save her. 

Out of time and out of her element, teenager Zoe Calder finds herself in ancient Greece, battling against the power of the Olympians and the vengeance of a scorned goddess—all for the strange and mysterious boy she has come to love.

Book Review

The Dig is a cross between Percy Jackson, a bit of time travel, sprinkled with Lara-Croft Adventure and a little bit of teen romance: The perfect combination.

Zoe is not the usual teenager who uses Facebook and tweets her daily routine. Instead of going to summer camps and having summer flings, she goes to excavations with her aunt and uncle who are archeologists. But this summer, it is not the usual dig that Zoe expected. She ends up seeing a giant Iphone, travelling back to the year 1000 BC, became a goddess who has incredible powers, fell in love and gets one real adventure ride.

Greek Mythology has never been more interesting and engaging to read since Percy Jackson. The main gods and goddesses (Zeus, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, Aphrodite and Hermes) are there and presented in a different light. Audrey Hart’s idea was really cool when she made all our favorite gods and goddesses into teens – with the usual problems: jealousy, love, bullies, peer pressure, cliques; too far away from the usual big and scary sitting on their very thrones in Mount Olympus. I never thought I’ll fell in love with Zeus.

The Dig had me hooked not just because it refreshed me about my Greek Mythology lesson in high school, but she introduced a couple of new words and several metaphors to enjoy. I like her incorporation of current TV shows such as Sex and The City and pop culture (umbrella, ella, ella, ey..).

I can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy! 



Favorite Quotes

“Love is annoying like that. It takes away your sense of humor and self-preservation.” 

“And there is nothing more dangerous in this world, in any world, than someone calm, clear and angry.” 

“And I think that's how I would describe love right now if someone asked me. You're so connected to someone else that the world and all its cliques and challenges and traumas and mysteries can't hurt you that much.” 

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1 comment:

  1. I think I had too much expectation with this book. It didn't quite make an impression on me.

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