“Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too? “
Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans presents a genuinely funny and adventurous book that satisfies kids and adults. I just had a blast reading this novel and laughed frequently.
Elliot was a very likeable protagonist. His determination to take care of his ill mom will resonate with many people and his wit is sure to make people laugh. He is pretty much the link between the audience and the book. Virgo was a fairly solid protagonist who serves as the fish out of water. It was fairly entertaining and funny to see her interact with people and the world we mortals live in. I do feel she takes a bit of a backseat in the second half of the book, but still served a sizeable role in the novel overall. The supporting characters are mostly gods and goddesses from Greek mythology. Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite, etc. were very funny and a good chunk of the funny moments came from them. Thanatos serves as the main villain and he was fine. He had some funny moments, but other than that he did what he was supposed to do. I liked how Evans modernized the gods. They were accustomed to living in our world and even had their own phones called the iGod.
The novel’s plot is fairly basic with the “we have to find these items before the villains does,” but it was still fairly effective. It is Percy Jackson-esque with the gods and goddesses and mythical powers and prophecies, but other than that it is fairly different. I was surprised at some of the adult jokes in this novel, but there were still funny and for kids, it provides some good replay value if they decide to read it in the future. There were some nice action sequences including a weird, yet awesome sequence involving the queen of England. While the books was fairly funny, I felt it went for the joke too much at times and the climax was a bit unsatisfying.
Who Let The Gods Out? was a funny and entertaining novel that kept me laughing throughout and engaged with its likeable characters and modernized take on the greek gods. It was genuinely a blast to read.
Rating: Must Buy