Hello friends! Today I’m coming back at you with a review of “Lore” by Alexandra Bracken. I’m really excited to finally be reviewing books again. It’s been a minute!! Continue reading below to check out the synopsis of “Lore” and then my thoughts, plus a little bit about Alexandra Bracken at the end! Enjoy.
From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love and redemption.
Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.
Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.
The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.
Alexandra Bracken is one of my favorite authors. I don’t hate anything she writes. But when “Lore” was announced and I read the synopsis, I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive. I’ve never really been into Greek mythology, and have often found it an overwhelming thing to try to learn about. However, I’m pleased to say that in the end, I had nothing to worry about. The Greek mythology in “Lore” was very easy to follow along with and I ended up enjoying this book so, so much.
My apprehension towards Greek mythology comes from high school Latin class. Greek and Roman mythology are a majorly jumbled up mess in my brain, thanks to my Latin teacher teaching us about Roman mythology (since a lot of what we read in Latin had to do with the Roman gods), but at the same time making sure we knew where it came from. Enter: the tangled web of Greek and Roman mythology in my mind. Thank you, public education.
So, not only is Greek/Roman mythology a mess in my brain, it also reminds me of school (which I hated). BUT, I still wanted to give “Lore” its best chance because I love Alexandra Bracken’s writing, so I pushed anything that may have stuck with me from high school out of mind, and went into this with a positive outlook. It worked. I found myself so enthralled in the–I’m sorry–lore of it all, and it was definitely not difficult to follow along with. In fact, I was pretty stoked to find I actually remembered some of what I learned over 10 years ago.
While we’re on the topic of the mythology aspect of “Lore,” I have to note how much I loved the narrative throughout the entire book about the sexism in Greek mythology. Lore, our main character, is constantly questioning and getting angry about the treatment of women and female gods within mythology, as well as how they are treated in the Agon.
Lore’s take-no-bullshit attitude is my favorite. She’s such a strong character physically and emotionally, but she also has her vulnerabilities and weaknesses that I feel only make her stronger and all the more of an enjoyable character to read. I think of all the characters, she’s easily my favorite. Right there next to Miles, her best friend. The dude is so brave and kind and was a nice escape amongst all of the dark elements of this story any time he appeared on the page.
I would sort of lump Van and Castor in the same category. I think I need more from them in order to truly care about them as much as I do Lore and Miles. Don’t get me wrong, Van grew on me the longer he was around and Castor is so soft and sweet, but I wanted more, particularly from Castor. His story is a whole other thing on its own. I think something “Lore” could have benefitted from immensely is a dual POV between Lore and Castor. I would have loved to be in his head more.
A lot of people are describing “Lore” as Greek mythology meets “The Hunger Games”–and I think that is a perfect description. I got that same feeling while reading “Lore” that I remember getting when reading “The Hunger Games.” I was constantly wondering where things were headed, shocked by the gruesome acts done by these gods and their descendants, and addicted to the action of it all (no surprise there, Alexandra Bracken is the master of thrilling action scenes). It was completely captivating and so exciting to read.
I was definitely pleased with the ending of “Lore” and how everything turned out amongst the character relationships and who lived/died. As far as I know, “Lore” is a stand-alone and while I do have a few questions that lead me to believe a second book is possible, I don’t think those questions are so pressing as to demand a second book. (Though I wouldn’t be mad about a second book!!)
That being said, “Lore” is wonderful and tells a thrilling and captivating story infused with Greek mythology, action, love, betrayal, and friendship. It is Alexandra Bracken’s best yet.
Rating: ★★★★☆ = Excellent.
About Alexandra Bracken
Alexandra Bracken was born in Phoenix, Arizona. The daughter of a Star Wars collector, she grew up going to an endless string of Star Wars conventions and toy fairs, which helped spark her imagination and a deep love of reading. After graduating high school, she attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she double majored in English and History. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, and later moved to New York City to work in children’s book publishing, first as an editorial assistant, then in marketing. After six years, she took the plunge and decided to write full time. She now lives in Arizona with her tiny pup, Tennyson, in a house that’s constantly overflowing with books.
Alex is a #1 New York Times bestselling and USA TODAY bestselling author. Her work is available across the world in over 15 languages.