Book Review: The Younger Gods by: Michael R. Underwood

Publisher: Pocket Star

Publication Date: October 13, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: The first in a new series from the author of Geekomancy (pop culture urban fantasy) and Shield and Crocus (New Weird superhero fantasy).

Jacob Greene was a sweet boy raised by a loving, tight-knit family…of cultists. He always obeyed, and was so trusted by them that he was the one they sent out on their monthly supply run (food, medicine, pig fetuses, etc.).

Finding himself betrayed by them, he flees the family’s sequestered compound and enters the true unknown: college in New York City. It’s a very foreign place, the normal world and St. Mark’s University. But Jacob’s looking for a purpose in life, a way to understand people, and a future that breaks from his less-than-perfect past. However, when his estranged sister arrives in town to kick off the apocalypse, Jacob realizes that if he doesn’t gather allies and stop the family’s prophecy of destruction from coming true, nobody else will…

Review: THE YOUNGER GODS features Jacob Greene, one of ‘the’ Greenes, a family of cultists who long to awaken the Younger Gods. He was a good boy, following orders, but when they betrayed him in an unspeakable way, even for the Greenes he decided to leave. He enrolled in college in New York, a loner who renounced his family and their beliefs, in order to learn about the world his family told him was only full of cattle. When his older sister comes to town to wake a Younger God and start the apocalypse, Jacob must band together with other practitioners to stop this new threat. THE YOUNGER GODS is the start of what seems to be a fabulous new series. Jacob drew me in, vulnerable and awkward, with a strong sense of who he is and what he must do when the threat becomes real. The world the author has created is complex with an air of reality, the action is quick and brutal, and the characters really grow on you. I hope we learn more about each of the characters in future books in this series. THE YOUNGER GODS will appeal to fans of fun urban fantasy.


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