Oppression (Children of Gods – 1) by Jessica Therrien
By Jessica Therrien4 stars (Excerpt from Goodreads) Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s well over eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning-and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules.
Elyse ages slower than normal people and her blood has the ability to heal. When her family is killed, she learns that she is not the only person with special abilities like this. There are others like her and they are the decedents of the Greek gods. She is brought to a school for these kids.
The thing is there are so many gods with both good and evil that there are a wide variety of students. And just as she is learning how to help with her abilities, there are those that want to destroy and rule the world. And if Elyse is the one that is prophesied about, she is the one at the top of the hit list.
I love Greek mythology about as much as I love zombies. The minute I see mythology I snag the book and I am glad I got this one. Children of various gods are not a new concept, but I liked how it was portrayed in this book. It was a little Like Percy Jackson but older teenagers. Elyse was a great character. She was strong, witty, and seemed to take the explanation of her abilities with stride, even when she is the one to fulfill a difficult prophecy.
The only thing that always gets me is the insta-love. Will was a good match for Elyse but I am not a fan of them falling into mad love so quickly. Plus Elyse’s pining over Will did get a touch annoying when she had bigger things to worry about.
I really liked this book and can’t wait to read Uprising. This is one book that young adult book lovers will not want to miss.
I received this book from the Book Rooster Program in exchange for an honest review.