Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters

Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters

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In a reality TV retelling of the myth of the Minotaur, seventeen-year-old Ariadne fights to save her brother, Asterion, and make her own destiny in a world of celebrity, surveillance, and feigned authenticity.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 22 cm
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780374310622 (hardcover)
0374310629 (hardcover)
Call Number: TEEN FICTION ROBERSON
Alternative Title: Lifestyles of gods and monsters

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JeffcoTeens Jun 22, 2020

A retelling of the mythological tale of Ariadne and the Minotaur set in modern times. Ariadne likes to be in the background, but finds herself propelled to the spotlight as she tries to negotiate her family’s reality T.V. shows—The Cretan Paradoxes and The Labyrinth Contest—while striving to hide... Read More »


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I tried to reach the 100 page mark, but man, I couldn’t bring myself past page 50 or so...DNF. :(

Well...man, I’m so disappointed. The concept seemed so interesting; I love the idea of a Greek mythology translated into the twisted world of reality TV seemed incredibly innovative. So kudos to Roberson for putting that out there.
But, unfortunately, the entire book fell flat for me. The dialogue was unbelievably stilted and unrealistic, which immensely hindered my enjoyment of the book. Additionally, most of the main characters had maybe...1 or 2 differentiating traits each, which made for something of a personality void The world-building was also incredibly sparse, and I had difficulty imagining the world that the characters interacted with. Again, the concept was incredibly creative, but it fell victim to poor execution.

OPL_KrisC Nov 13, 2019

A modern take on the classic story of Ariadne, Theseus and the Minotaur. A little graphic in parts, but an overall enjoyable read.

JCLEmmaF Sep 27, 2019

Mythology, but make it modern. I love this. Take the Theseus and plop him into The Labyrinth Contest, a star studded reality TV show featuring not only the 14 competitors and their drama, but also Kardashian like sisters and the odd one out, the key to it all, shy Ariadne. This one was good, easy to read. There’s a little bit of suspended belief, as often with mythology retelling, but I liked this one.

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OPL_KrisC Nov 13, 2019

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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