Genres: Mythology, Young Adult
Source: author review pitch
In The World Among Us, Hades, the god of the Underworld, plots to take over the world, and remove Gaia, the head Deity, from power. In order to do so, he plots against his own son, Damien, and cons him into killing his soul mate, the beautiful goddess of the moon, Selene. Hades does so, because Gaia is his natural enemy, and Selene is her favorite grandchild. He thinks that by killing off Gaia's favorite grandchild, he will weaken her. With Selene out of the way, Hades then moves in on the Creatures of the Night. He wants to kill off their leader, Jason Aysel. Jason is the go-between person between worlds, and another person that Gaia highly regards. Hades manipulates and cons Jason's best friend, Leon Greene, into murdering him, by offering him Jason's position as his reward. Because of these actions, a war is to take place on earth between the gods and other Creatures of the Night. During this time, Selene is reincarnated, and kept hidden as a secret weapon to win the war against Hades. In order to win the war of wars, the gods and some of the demons will have to fight together, and learn to co-operate with each other. Will the Titans and Olympians be able to set aside their differences, and take back the world from Hades? Or is the world as we know it, doomed to fall under Dark Shadows, forever?
In comes the action, and the plot..Hades declares war on Gaia so he plans to kill Selene, the moon Goddess to make Gaia go into war. Damien (Hades’ son) who is also a vampire kills Selene even though he is in love with her. That’s where the story begins..
I quite enjoyed reading about all the gods and goddesses and their little squabbles with Hades. I was also overjoyed to learn about the other Gods as well. I’ve always been keen to learn about mythology and what better way to learn than from a book.
Not only are the Gods interweaved into the plot, but other wordly creatures such as vampires, shapeshifters and vampires swarm the mortal world in hiding.
Hades is such an evil character and I expected no mercy from him and his minions. I always enjoy reading about the villains just because it’s so much more interesting to read about their little schemes. Beth pulls this off very well and writes with all the points of views of the characters especially with Damien. His character had a lot of depth and I felt he was truly sorry for falling in love with Selene, but at the same time he couldn’t help himself.
I can’t wait until the next book!