Book Review | Neon Gods by Katee Robert

Neon Gods by Katee Robert was another book I just couldn’t escape on my TikTok FYP. It’s a dark romance and modern retelling of Hades and Persephone. It’s Book 1 in the ‘Dark Olympus’ series, however, can be enjoyed as a stand-alone read.

Let’s begin with the obvious, it contains a lot of sex. Almost an obnoxious amount. In fact, there’s very little plot, a lot of ‘world-building’, more sex, well, and even more sex. Not that I’m complaining. It’s actually refreshing to have a strong female character who is confident in her sexuality and contributes to open discussions about consent, however, the plot itself is incredibly lackluster.

As it’s advertised as a Hades and Persephone retelling, I was expecting elements of Greek mythology and for these characters to actually be Gods, i.e. a fantasy aspect similar to ‘A Touch of Darkness’ by Scarlett St. Clair. Unfortunately, their names are simply ‘legacy’ titles which are either passed down through generations like Hades or awarded through elections like Persephone’s mother Demeter. But then again, Hermes seems to have the uncanny ability to allude security systems and appear unexpectedly and mysteriously but it’s never established how she does this.

There are ‘Thirteen Houses’ that control Olympus in a mafia-style hierarchy with Zeus sitting at the head of the table. There are power struggles and fragile alliances, however, we never really get into the crux of this. Olympus is divided with Zeus controlling everything north of the River Styx and Hades controlling the lover half. The latter wants retribution for the heinous acts committed by the ultra-creepy Zeus but due to the treaty written after the murder of his family, both parties are unable to cross the bridge between them.

The plot has so much potential, however, it completely fizzles out. There never seems to be any huge stakes. Zeus apparently has an army and Hades has been harboring a need for revenge for over 16 years, however, I found the ending to be incredibly underwhelming. There’s no doubting that the chemistry between Hades and Persephone is electrifying. I was just a little underwhelmed, perhaps it’s because I still have so many questions. I actually loved Robert’s writing style and I’m definitely willing to give the second installment, ‘Electric Idol’, a read in the hope it will answer more of my questions surrounding the world she has created and provide the depth I was craving in Neon Gods.

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