I would have preferred for my first book review to be 5 stars, unfortunately I just didn’t enjoy majority of this book. To be honest, if it hadn’t been eating into my reading challenge for this year, then I would have put it down midway through and not finished it.
Now…don’t get me wrong, there were things in this book I liked and there were amazing ideas in it. I had plenty of “Wow, that’s cool.” moments. It got off to a captivating start that had me hooked, then I hit about a quarter of the way through and it slowed to a grind. Every now and then something interesting came into the book and I’d be excited again for a chapter, maybe two, then I’d be bored for five or so chapters waiting for the next interesting thing to happen.
I found the main character, Shadow, to be very uninteresting and I also found a hefty dislike of Wednesday, to the point that whenever he left Shadow to go do something I was happy then disappointed whenever he came back. I’m not sure if you were meant to feel that way, but every time he returned my interest in the book dropped.
I really enjoyed all the chapters that told stories from the past of how people brought their gods with them to America, but at the same time I also felt that they dragged away from the main story and were kind of filler, just padding the book out. On top of this there was just a lot of scenes that felt like they were not pushing the plot forward and I felt there was a lot of over explaining in parts, I got bored of his explaining how cold it was at one point. For majority of the book I was just begging for it to move forward.
I don’t think it helped that I couldn’t care about the Gods, old or new, and their war was of no interest to me. I was interested in the side stories of characters such as Laura, Girl Sam, Alison McGovern and Hinzelmann. In fact I think Samantha Black Crow was the most interesting character in the book, probably the only one I will remember a few years from now.
The dream sequences Shadow has were something I really enjoyed. I found quite an interest in the American god culture with Whiskey Jack and the Thunderbirds (Sounds like a band).
In the end I just don’t think it was a book for me. If asked my opinion on whether someone should read it, I cannot say yay or nay, I think it is good enough that many can (and do) enjoy it, but I also feel it has an equal chance of being not enjoyed.