Series: The United States of Asgard #1
Published by Random House Children's Books on June 25th 2013
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Seventeen-year-old Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the past. His father, a famed warrior, lost himself to the battle-frenzy and killed thirteen innocent people. Soren cannot deny that berserking is in his blood--the fevers, insomnia, and occasional feelings of uncontrollable rage haunt him. So he tries to remain calm and detached from everyone at Sanctus Sigurd's Academy. But that's hard to do when a popular, beautiful girl like Astrid Glyn tells Soren she dreams of him. That's not all Astrid dreams of--the daughter of a renowned prophetess, Astrid is coming into her own inherited abilities.
When Baldur, son of Odin and one of the most popular gods in the country, goes missing, Astrid sees where he is and convinces Soren to join her on a road trip that will take them to find not only a lost god, but also who they are beyond the legacy of their parents and everything they've been told they have to be.
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Read to: about page 120 of 368
The Final Straw:
Lack of world-building, plain and simple. Oh, and an awkward romance that basically starts as soon as the main character sees the girl character.
The Lost Sun started off as a read that I anticipated that I would finish in a matter of hours. I loved the premise, the characters, and even the quest. However, within 20 pages or so, I noticed something strange. No back story. No world-building. Nothing really that I could put my finger on to make me understand how and why exactly this world works.
To put into perspective, The Lost Sun opens with our main character, Soren, at a boarding school of sorts for privileged kids. My general understanding was that this was a trade school of sorts. The rich kids basically attend this academy to hone their special skills (the ones that come from their family lineage or whatever) for later in life. However, The Lost Sun never really comes out and gives an explanation for the academy. Just a few mumbled sentences here and there about this or that with the school. So, in all honesty, I am not really sure what its true purpose is.
The same goes for the state of the Nation or the United States of Asgard. While there are a few hints thrown about throughout the beginning, I have no idea whatsoever about why this Nation is the way that it is, how it works, and all the details needed to make this world come to life. Is this suppose to be the United States that has been altered due to the discovery of Asgard and its Gods and Goddesses? Or an alternate reality? I really just don't have a clue.
Now to the romance. Sometimes, insta-love works. Sometimes, it bombs horribly. In The Lost Sun, I thought it bombed completely. Why? It basically started the second our two characters meet. Sure, the main female character, Astrid, says she has dreamed of him… so, maybe she feels as if she knows him? I don't know. But it started off super awkwardly and seemed to get more and more intense as the pages went by without any real growth between them. A few random conversations and our main character is ready to throw down his life for Astrid. Really? Seriously? No. Just no.