Mini Review: The Dig by Audrey Hart

The Dig
first book in the Zoe and Zeus trilogy
by Audrey Hart
ISBN: 9781937704124

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 archaeologist 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.

Despite the tragedies and the complicated relationships, I love Greek mythology. It has been over three thousand years since its  recorded origins, and the original version has been lost to time.  However, its richness has given rise to countless treatises, debates, plays, books, and versions and The Dig is another rendition, another take, another angle on Greek mythology.  

I loved the candid way of Zoe's telling of her adventures.  It was like listening (or reading) to a story told to you by your best friend when you're both sitting on the bed at night surrounded by overstuffed pillows.  Her way of describing her feelings made me remember my own fascination and interest with all things encompassed by archaeology and my desire to discover my own ancient ruins someday.  I liked her fast-paced storytelling.  She had this way of introducing a new chapter by reminiscing about something that happened to her in the past and this retelling would then open the way for the new chapter.

Despite the nice build-up of events in the beginning the latter half was just not as captivating as the first half.  All the actions were there but it was too cramped, too hurried.  That is why I really did not like the way Zoe's and Zeus' relationship evolved.  I did not believe that it was love.  And the story could have added a little more room for... just something to anchor it.

But despite this, the ending made me curious about what would happen next.  What awaits Zoe and especially Zeus in this adventure?

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