Thursday, May 25, 2017
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life by P.J. Hoover
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life is a funny, fast-paced novel for young readers by P.J. Hoover which chronicles the mischievous adventures of King Tut, now an immortal eighth-grader living in Washington, D.C..
You’d think it would be great being an Egyptian demigod, but if King Tut has to sit through eighth grade one more time, he’ll mummify himself.
Granted the gift of immortality by the gods—or is it a curse?—Tut has been stuck in middle school for ages. Even worse, evil General Horemheb, the man who killed Tut’s father and whom Tut imprisoned in a tomb for three thousand years, is out and after him. The general is in league with the Cult of Set, a bunch of guys who worship one of the scariest gods of the Egyptian pantheon—Set, the god of Chaos.
The General and the Cult of Set have plans for Tut… and if Tut doesn’t find a way to keep out of their clutches, he’ll never make it to the afterworld alive.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
I've read a lot about mythology lately. Greek, Norse, Egyptian, Chinese, it doesn't matter. As long as the book is about mythology, I'll read it. I'm especially loved middle grade, and young adult books about mythology. I blame the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan for this. Therefore, I thought I would love Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life. Unfortunately, after reading the book I found myself feeling very underwhelmed. I didn't hate it, but I definitely didn't love it either.
There were parts of this book that I did love, such as the snarky sense of humor. I also really enjoyed the shabtis. However, most of this book drove me crazy. There were so many plot holes and inconsistencies. For example, Tut breaks an oath to Horus, for which you would think there would be consequences. In fact, it's strongly implied in the book that there will be consequences. However, nothing happens. The whole situation practically gets ignored.
Tut, the main character in the book, drove me crazy. He was incredibly irresponsible, and had no common sense whatsoever. He meets this new girl named Tia. From the beginning, she acts very suspicious. Right away you can tell that she's hiding something, and isn't trustworthy. Despite all of that, Tut tells her some very important secrets, and shows her a secret tomb. I just wanted to reach through the book, shake him, and ask him what the heck he was thinking.
Other than a little bit of snarkiness from the shabtis, I didn't like Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life at all. The book was a major letdown. It was disappointing, considering how much I loved P.J. Hoover's other book, Solstice. There is a sequel to Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, but I don't think I will be picking it up. Even though I didn't enjoy this book, younger readers that are fans of the Percy Jackson series might like this book.
I give Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life: 2/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.