Okay before I start this review I have a small confession to make…..at school I had a slight obsession with Classical Studies and I was the only one of my year group to opt to study Latin at G.C.S.E. Obviously then it was with much excitement that I got my hands on a copy of Maz Evan’s ‘Who Let the Gods Out,’ where Greek Gods meets modern day life in a story that will have you laughing and crying in equal measures. This hilarious, bonkers adventure stuffed full of heart and an unstoppable energy had me captivated from the first chapter.
Elliot has a secret. His mum has been really unwell, she is becoming increasingly confused and forgetful, while he has just about been coping in looking after her and himself on his own, fearful that the truth may be uncovered. Especially with their evil neighbour becoming increasingly nosy as she is determined to stop at nothing to get her wicked hands on their farm so she can make a huge profit out of their misery. For Elliot, life is becoming increasingly desperate and solitary. But then fate lends a helping hand when a shooting star, namely Virgo a young goddess crashes to earth changing his life forever. Unwittingly he finds himself caught up in Virgo’s mission and after accidentally releasing the death daemon Thanatos they have to call upon the old Olympian gods for help. The gods descend upon Elliot’s farm bringing chaos and comfort but after centuries of cushy retirement will they be up to the task of defeating Thanatos?
Maz has assembled a magnificent cast of characters worthy of the most extravagant feast in this riotous tale. Elliot makes my heart bleed, I feel desperately sorry for him as he isolates himself for the sake of survival. It highlights how difficult it can be for young carers but this is just one element of the story. As the gods take over the farm bringing nourishment and soft furnishings (with an occasional piece of MDF) to the lives of Elliot and his Mum you see that friendship and support make them both stronger, despite the fact that carnage is unfolding around them. The gods are just brilliantly entertaining. Zeus ever the ladies man, managing to double book his wedding, Aphrodite running a match making agency and Hermes obsessed with taking selfies and downloading apps on his iGod. Ironically they have become almost the same as us ordinary mortals. The plot is fast and furious and will grab your attention and hold you in its grasp till the very end, then infuriate you (in the very best of ways) by sneaking in a final cliff hanger to ensure that you are desperate to come back for more. If you want to laugh out loud, sob quietly and be swept away on a madcap mayhem of an adventure, then ‘Who Let the Gods Out’ is the book for you!
Thank you to Chicken House for sending me a copy of this fabulous book.