Book Review: The Dig by: Audrey Hart

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Backlit Fiction

Publish Date: November 11, 2011

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Zoe Calder has always been an outsider. Stashed away in boarding schools since her parents died, Zoe buries herself in the study of ancient worlds. Her greatest thrill is spending her summers with her archeologist aunt and uncle on digs around the world. And one day, while investigating a newly unearthed temple in Crete, Zoe discovers a luminous artifact that transports her to ancient Greece.

As Zoe quickly learns, the Olympian Gods are real, living people—humans with mysterious powers… Powers that Zoe quickly realizes she has come to possess, as well. However, when the people of ancient Greece mistake Zoe for an Olympian, the Gods must restore the balance of the ancient world… No matter what.

Zoe is forced to play a confusing and dangerous game as Hera rallies the gods against her—all except for Zeus, the beautiful, winged young god who risks everything to save her.

Out of time and out of her element, teenager Zoe Calder finds herself in ancient Greece, battling against the power of the Olympians and the vengeance of a scorned goddess—all for the strange and mysterious boy she has come to love. 

Review: Classical Greek Mythology is turned on its ear in The Dig, Audrey Hart’s first book in the Zoe and Zeus Trilogy. Zoe goes to Greece on an archaeological dig with her aunt and uncle. It’s a welcome break from the Greeley Academy where everyone else is in a clique. Zoe doesn’t fit in at school or much anywhere else. After getting lost in the ruins, Zoe comes upon a ‘giant iPhone’ which transports her to a time long ago. She finds out she has power over the earth and meets a cute guy she calls Blondie. She is instructed by a nymph to go to the Oracle to find her way home. But that just brings more trials and tribulations her way including a new clique – the Gods of Olympus. They’re not the old fogies you think of, they’re 500 year old teenagers with all the backstabbing and infighting included. Except when they have a common cause: deconstructing Zoe. Can Zoe make it out of ancient Greece alive?

Ms. Hart has a knack for creating characters you can relate to and ones you love to hate. Zoe leapt off the page with her insecurities, intelligence, and strength of character. She wasn’t a whiny baby when she realized what happened to her and where she was. The relationships in the novel didn’t feel forced or rushed, but developed naturally. Fast-paced and humorous, The Dig brings history to life with a vengeance.

Zoe and Zeus Trilogy: The Dig (1)


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