The Dig

The Dig
By Audrey Hart
Published on November 2011
Published by Backlit Fiction

Summary Taken from Goodreads:
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.

The Cover: This is a gorgeous cover!  This cover immediately attracted me- I instantly thought... "Is this book about Hermes?" "Or Ares?"  The wings on the feet were an excellent touch- they reminded me of vintage pictures of Greek gods and goddesses.  The coloring is beautiful and the font they picked worked well with the overall image.

The Characters: Zoe is the main character of this novel.  She is a modern teen who gets zapped into Ancient Greece.  Zoe is snarky, fun, and I enjoyed her inner dialogue- it felt genuine.  Zeus was not my favorite character- none of the Greek gods and goddesses were.  They felt forced and odd.  Their personalities were simply stated and the reader was expected to just "go with it".  I didn't believe Zoe and Zeus loved each other- there was no time for them to.  I enjoyed Zoe's powers- I though they were awesome and the author did a fantastic job with the action sequences.

The Story:  I realized why I struggled with this story.  Although it was the length of a regular novel, it FELT like a novella to me.  The characters (other than Zoe) were under developed and the the book took too long to get to the main problem in the story.  Once Zoe reached Olympus, the action started picking up, but it felt rushed.  The author could have used another 100 pages while Zoe was in Olympus to develop Zoe and Zeus' love story and to develop the relationships she had with the other gods and goddesses.  I didn't mind the use of the "Ipod".  It was a little odd, but she didn't say there was a giant ipod in the tomb- it simply LOOKED like one.  I know that bothered other readers however.  All around this was a pretty good story.  I would be very interested to see how the author improves on her second book.  I am a sucker for Greek Mythology any day

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