[Review] Omega

Monday, April 4, 2016

Title: Omega

Series: Omega #1

Author: Lizzy Ford

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: October 26, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley.

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

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.
As someone who loves to read the Young Adult genre as an adult, it's easy for me to get tired of the eye-roll worthy, over cliched structures of a majority of said genre. My search, as a YA book reviewer, is to find stories that go above and beyond to break away from those over-cliched structures dominating the store bookshelves. It's always refreshing to come upon such a story and Omega is included in such.

It's been a bit since I've read a book so unique with an attention-grabbing plot, wonderfully detailed characters, and a sense of confusion (the good kind). Let me explain.

I'm the type of reader who loves to be thrown this way and that way when it comes to plot. I like to not be able to know who I should trust and who the main character shouldn't trust. In Omega, I got just that and loved every second of it. When you start thinking you could trust one person, you find out they're not who you thought they were. You're literally just as blind and struggling to find out who to trust as Lyssa is and for me, that is a huge plus.

Lyssa (Alessandra) is our sheltered main character. Knowing nothing but the forest and the boundaries surrounding it, she is trained for a destiny she doesn't know has been hers since she was born. She is believable and complex; strong-willed and trained to survive, yet naive and too trusting. Much like every normal person, she's got her weaknesses and she's got her strengths; a must for rounded characters much like herself.

Then, there's Adonis. Without going too deep into him and his past, he's both your typical man in YA stories, yet not. He's got mysteries to him that we find out throughout the story and with those mysteries, our opinions of him change.

Throughout the story, the characters develop well and steady -- nothing seemed forced or fast-paced so it made that development a lot more natural. With the history and answers to building questions, that development between both Lyssa and Adonis is strongly believable.

As for the story itself, it was very well written. It keeps you engaged, entertained, and wanting to find the answers to questions that continue to rise. Who should we (and Lyssa) trust? Because not everyone is who you think they are.

Overall, I absolutely loved the story. I kind of want to read it again. The uniqueness of the entire story was enough to provide that much-needed break from the other YA stories I read. From beginning to end, you're thrown into a whirlwind of emotions, doubts, and joy, not knowing where the author would lead you next. I must say that if you read this, seriously read through everything because, after the end of the story, you will find scenes from Lyssa's past that gives you a glimpse into her history.

Also at the end of the story, I noticed that Ms. Ford provides a link for us to vote for Omega to become a movie. I'm usually hesitant with books becoming movies, but God, how I want this book to be a movie. So, definitely read this book and seriously, if you love it, vote for the book to become a movie!

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