26 October 2015

Omega by Lizzy Ford

Series: Omega #1
Publication date: October 26, 2015
Publisher: Self published
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: The author in exchange for an honest review
Pages: 436

Rating: ★★★★★/5

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In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods.

 However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin.

 For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power.

Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.

 Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her.

 One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first.

If you didn't read that long synopsis (I know I sometimes don't) then here's a very short summary from the author of what Omega is about: Along the lines of Hunger Games / Divergent with a dystopian society led by the human elite and overseen by the Greek gods, who are helping to surprise humanity. And she says it isn't like Percy Jackson and it really isn't because I loved this and I didn't like the Percy Jackson series.

Before we begin I want to say that some things are going to be a bit vague, I want you to be surprised in the book and I want you to discover everything for yourself! I will do my best not to spoil you!

Basically we have humans and gods and then in between we have an elite of humans who help the gods. Instead of watching passively or just staying out of the human's lives the gods have decided that they want to interfere and with the help of The Oracle of Delphi they walk back and forth between Olympus and Earth. Of course people aren't okay with the gods interference so wars happen and they want to go back to the old ways where gods and humans lived separate lives.

Omega is told from multiple perspectives but mostly from Alessandra's point of view. Alessandra never known the truth about her life so when her world falls apart we learn everything with her, it feels so natural and I liked that way of telling the story.

Omega is about Alessandra, she is 18 years old and have been protected from the world her entire life. She's been trained to survive by her guardian; Herakles. So she can survive any situation and she can fight! Alessandra is such a badass character and you can help liking her.
She's never known the truth about her life so when her world falls apart we learn everything with her, it feels so natural and I liked that way of telling the story.
Alessandra is a great main character, I really enjoyed getting to know her and relive her forgotten past, it was so intriguing and if I'd had the time I would probably have read it in a single sitting.
This story is filled to the brim with characters! We have Niko and Theodocia, Herakles, Lantos, Adonis/Mismatch, The Silent Queen, Mrs. Nettles and a bunch of others and every single one of them are an important part of the story. Whether you realize it or not in the beginning every one has their specific role and I feel like Lizzy really took her time with this book. Everything is so thought through and every thing fits together and make sense - which doesn't always happen in epic stories with a bunch of different story lines.

I have to be honest here... Going in to this book I had no idea what it was about other than it had something to do with Greek myths or Greek gods, I thought I'd read the synopsis but I hadn't. I really liked that I didn't really know what it was about, it's an epic tale but I feel like it was more epic for me since I didn't know anything beforehand. So, if you haven't read the synopsis yet, don't! You get so many more surprises!
Omega surprised me the entire way through, there was not a single dull moment and I was not the least irritated by Alessandra.
Opposed to any other book I've read where Greek gods or myths is part of the story it's a big part of the story and there aren't really myths in Omega but I really loved that. I think the Greek part of the story are going to be more prominent in the next two books but in this it's just The Oracle of Delphi and the gods

As in any other book there's a love interest and I loved every part of the romance, even though it's not always that romantic.. I smiled every time the two of them were together and even though it's one of my favorite parts of the entire story it doesn't take over. In some books I've found that the romance take over the entire story - even though it isn't surposed to be about romance and in Omega the romance is just a romance, it's a great romance but it's just an extra thing in the book and I really appreciate that! Alessandra's story is definitely the main story.

A thing that excites me beyond what's normal is the fact that there's grotesques in this one - grotesques are a gargoyle who can transform into a human. I've read the first two books in The Dispossessed series and that's mainly because there's grotesques in them! It's a little detail but it means so much to me!

I ended up giving Omega 5 stars! I really loved it because it's so epic and wonderful. I'm quite sad that I have to wait a year for the next book and then a year more for the last.. But it's worth it!

Lizzy has also written an Omega beginnings series which consists of short stories about some of the characters in Omega so you can get to know them a bit better. I think you can read them both before and after reading Omega if you're wondering. I've only read Alessandra which is the first story in the series and I really liked it! The whole entire Omega beginnings series are free on amazon!

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