LIFESTYLES OF GODS AND MONSTERS by Emily Roberson

LIFESTYLES OF GODS AND MONSTERS

Age Range: 14 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Greek myth of the Minotaur collides with reality TV in Roberson’s debut.

Every year in Crete, 14 of the strongest and most beautiful young Athenian men and women navigate a maze full of deadly obstacles for a chance to slay the Minotaur for fame and fortune in the wildly popular reality show The Labyrinth Contest. For 10 years, King Minos’ 16-year-old daughter, Ariadne, who narrates, has taken up her ball of silver thread as the Keeper of the Maze: Only she can soothe the Minotaur during his earth-shaking rages. Unlike her glamorous sisters, Acalle and Xenodice, Ariadne shuns parties, social media, and scandal for video games and time with her best friend and showrunner, Icarus. That is, until the handsome Theseus, a prince of Athens, catches Ariadne’s eye. When he asks her to help him win, ending the brutal contest once and for all, she sees a chance to be free and to claim her own destiny. When shocking secrets come to light, her unique bond with the tragic beast at the heart of the maze leaves her with a heartbreaking choice. Roberson largely sticks to the original myth, and its more twisted aspects fit neatly into the cutthroat contemporary reality TV universe, where exploitation is the name of the game and ratings are everything. Icarus is gay, and all characters assume a white default.

A fresh new twist on an enduring myth. (Fantasy. 14-18)

Pub Date: Oct. 22nd, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-374-31062-2
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2019