Title: Theta (Omega #2)
Author: Lizzy Ford
Publisher: Captured Press, 2016 (August 29)
Genre: YA Dystopian, YA Fantasy, YA Mythology
**I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. At the time of this review, the book is now available**
I hate waiting this long in-between reading my books and writing my reviews, because the freshness of the book leaves my mind.
Let me warn all of you that this is a sequel, so there will be mention of the first book in this review. I don’t know if many of you have read Lizzy Ford’s books, but she is a talented writer. I loved Omega and was bugging her about the release of the next one on Goodreads (well, not more than once, but I wanted to know when it was coming out!) I read the first one way back in March, before I started my blog. The last one, Alpha, won’t be out until 2017, and I’ll probably go crazy while waiting.
In Omega, we meet Alessandra, a girl raised by Herakles in the forest. She’s abducted and taken to Adonis, where she discovers she is the Oracle of Delphi. See, in this world, Greek gods are real and they have been responsible for the deaths of a large part of the human race. The humans want to return the world to the way it used to be: Greek gods where they belong and humans on Earth. But the bridge between worlds was closed by the last Oracle, supposedly to protect the human race. At least that’s what Cecelia, the old Oracle, claims. Alessandra realizes that Adonis is also Mismatch, a grotesque (gargoyle) who flies the skies at night. She remembers her childhood and Mismatch being a large part of it, and she and Adonis start to fall for each other. But Cleon snatches her and finds a way to make Alessandra’s powers become part of him. As an Oracle, she has the power to create and destroy, and she becomes Cleon’s tool.
This is Omega:
Way good and way intense. My kind of story. Mythology, magic, and mayhem all set in a dystopian world. Awesome-sauce.
In Theta, Alessandra’s powers still have been hijacked by Cleon, the Supreme Magistrate. He becomes more powerful by the day. Meanwhile, the Silent Queen, a woman who believes strongly in the death of all gods, is working on eliminating Cleon and getting the gods to leave Earth. (You really got to read the first book, people. I’m not doing it any justice) Adonis searches for himself and finds Menalaus, an old man who remembers Adonis’s ancestors and is part of his cursed bloodline. He too becomes a grotesque at night. They form a bond and Adonis becomes less of a monster. Alessandra pines for him, being cut off from the rest of the world by Cleon, but she fears she will be the death of him. One of the benefits to being an Oracle: prophecies of Adonis’s death haunt her.
She doesn’t know who to trust, but it’s definitely not Cleon…or is it? Can the one man who hijacked her mind and her powers actually be trying to save the human race? Will Adonis be able to save her? Where is Herakles, the man who is practically her father?
All these questions and more will be answered in…Theta! (Cue suspenseful music)
Is It Classroom-Appropriate?
Yes, both books are, actually. The only problem with books like this in a classroom is that you have to read the whole series or else the ending is too abrupt. But the mythology tied in with the dystopian future tied in with the suspense: kids would love this. I think it could be used as a bridge for reading material outside the classroom. Maybe the premise could be used in writing responses? (They’re called bell-ringers and they’re a way to get kids to take an idea and write about it).
If this series was a standalone, I would use it to integrate mythology in the classroom. Alas, it is not. So though it might not be something that one could apply to the curriculum, it is definitely something I would give a fan of mythology to read. Or even a fan of dystopian lit. No qualms about recommending books for outside pleasure reading or having a copy of the series in my personal school library/bookshelf. Once I have a classroom. 😉
I would say 12 and up. I could see sixth-graders enjoying this read. There’s no swearing, no intimate love scenes (so far)…it’s pretty clean. And I like that for younger readers. It also has the complexities of a book for older readers: the events surrounding the upcoming apocalypse and the political treason and espionage make for a rich reading experience. I’ll feel better once I can evaluate the series as a whole…so I’m waiting for a final assessment once I read Alpha.
And the cool thing about Ford: she has written little novellas about each of the characters featured in the Omega/Theta world. If someone wants to read more about Adonis or the Silent Queen, the miniseries is free on Amazon. I picked up a copy of it so it can tide me over until Alpha comes out.
I give Theta ★★★★☆. It was good but wasn’t as exciting as Omega. I think a lot of second books in a trilogy are like that: you’re in a suspended state, learning more about the plot but not getting enough to keep you sated. I enjoyed Theta but wanted more: I was impatient with the characters, frustrated with Adonis (why wasn’t he at Alessandra’s side? Though he had no idea what was going on, he was gone way too long in an intense situation), pissed at Lantos (whose side are you on, buddy??), and fed up with Cleon (are you the bad guy? If you are, why do I feel sympathy for you? Argh!)
I’m sure it will be better when I finally read Alpha. But I’m going to have to wait…again.