16th January '18
Wow! I mean genuinely wow! I can't describe just how much i have absolutely fallen in love with this book and in turn Maz Evans.
Both my parents read Who Let The Gods Out before i did. My Mummy read it in the car on the way to our holiday and i could hear her howling like a banshee from the backseat. I say that with a lot of love and respect for her of course but i swear she snorted a few times. My Daddy got his mitts on it next because she'd read that many extracts out to him that he was dying to read it before we came back.
I've kept meaning to read it but new books have cropped up and i simply haven't found the time- boy was i missing out! I should have snuck it into my room every night and read it with a torch under my duvet!
Who Let The Gods Out has semi familiar characters, everyone knows the story of the Greek Gods... or so we thought, Maz Evans gives them depth, gives them heart, gives them their own special swear word! The Gods here aren't quite what they used to be and those in charge are not what you'd expect. It's when humans and the heavens collide that our adventure really begins.
Then there are those without powers, leading ordinary, everyday lives.. kind of. Elliot lives with his Mum. His wonderful Mum who provides our hard hitting story that runs alongside the fun/ exciting one. Maz has brought an issue that is rarely brought into children's fiction and handled with such care. Elliot's has become carer to his Mother who is the shell of her former self. The relationship between the two is deeply tender, heartwarming and breaking and keeps us grounded while all the other craziness is going on. Josie Mum we love you and you raised a good boy.
There is a teacher bullying Elliot, a posh tycoon bullying just about everyone, a soft walk-over headmaster, a Demon on the loose and of course a plethora of Gods.
There were so many utterly wonderful and entertaining moments during this book that when you recall one, they all start flooding back. This is so much more than just a funny read however as i felt elated, sad, worried, scared, excited and my heart genuinely hurts for Elliot and his Mum, thankfully the inclusion of such characters as Charon provide light relief and make that awful pain subside.
My favourite character is definitely Virgo, no wait, Hermes... er Zeus, no Patricia, the Queen. You can see it's hard to choose!
I put down Who Let the God's Out and picked up Simply The Quest. If you read any book this year, make it this book.