I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Omega by Lizzy Ford
Published by Kettlecorn Press on October 21st 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Mythology, Young Adult, Dystopian
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Tackle Your TBR Read-a-Thon
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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.
Omega by Lizzy Ford is the first novel in her brand new series about a young girl destined to be the Oracle of Delphi, who others want to use for their own personal motives. I thought this concept was very original, and the action kept the plot moving forward. Alessandra is pretty naive when we first meet her, as she grew up pretty sheltered. At first I found this a bit grating, but once I reminded myself of her upbringing, I realized that Alessandra’s character was pretty true to her origins. Over the course of the novel Alessandra shows lots of growth that I hope continues to flourish in subsequent novels.
Alessandra’s other half is Mismatch, or Adonis. Adonis is a gargoyle (grotesque) Alessandra meets as a child and reanimates. Much of his story is told in the short novellas Ford released prior to the release of Omega. There are eight books in this mini-series, and they provide background information on all of the important characters in this series. However, you don’t have to read them in order to enjoy this book. Though I would highly recommend it.
Adonis is a very complicated character. When we meet him he is someone Alessandra needs to save, but I find his arc is broader than Alessandra’s. Due to his nature, Adonis has a very storied history, and when these two meet later on they find themselves in vastly different places from when they first met. I found that I was very fascinated with Adonis as a character. Even though I read the first four stories in the mini-series he still remains a huge mystery, and I’m eagerly anticipating future novels to discover more about him.
As Alessandra has very important powers, she is the target of those out to either control them or stop her from achieving her full powers. Omega is full of political intrigue, and readers are tasked with deciphering who to trust right alongside Alessandra. Since I only read the first half of the miniseries, I felt as if I might have been able to get a bead on some of the players in the game Alessandra is forced to play if I had read the last four stories.
In this novel the Gods have a foothold on our world, and men find themselves at their mercy. The bulk of the story is about Alessandra finding herself the key to putting things right, but wondering what exactly that means. They key people she’s afraid to trust are the very people who hold power in the human world. They bridge the gap between the Gods and men, and govern the people of the world. The elements of dystopian fiction of man vs government, the downtrodden rising up, and abuse of power are all throughout Omega. Alessandra is obviously the heroine, and watching her arc across the series developing her from a young, naive, sheltered girl towards a savior the people need should be interesting. As for the romance, Adonis is Alessandra’s love interest, and their story has been very well-developed. I would recommend this novel for fans of Greek mythology, paranormal romance, or dystopian fantasy.