Friday, September 26, 2014

30 Days of Books - Day 26

OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending

In Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn, the protagonist, Evie Walker, is heir to a magical storage room that houses all the legendary items from mythology. Things like Excalibur of Arthurian legend and the skin of the Nemean lion killed by Hercules are locked in the basement of Evie's childhood home and the house is protected by a spell powerful enough to keep even a former goddess from gaining entrance.

Which is good, because Hera (yes, that Hera) is after the Apple of Discord and plans to use it to create a world where the old gods can be worshiped again. The entire book is dedicated to the story of Evie figuring out what the storage room is, keeping the Apple away from Hera and her cohorts, and falling in lust with an immortal guy named Alex who was one of Odysseus' companions at the battle of Troy, all while trying to care for her father who is dying from cancer. Just to raise the stakes, the story is set against the backdrop of a USA rapidly devolving into dystopia and poised on the edge of a third world war.

If Discord's Apple sounds like the sort of book that should include an epic battle between good and evil where one of the heroes sacrifices himself to save the world during the climactic scene, you'd be right. And that's where everything goes pear-shaped.

SPOILER ALERT
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Just at the moment the final battle is taking shape, the protagonists give up and let Hera have the Apple. Cut scene and the world as they know it has been destroyed. Hera drops by to say "thanks" and let the protagonists know she'll be keeping an ear open for them to say a prayer to her. As her first act as a goddess reborn, Hera gives Alex what he wants most by making him mortal again. Alex and Evie are left to figure out how to survive in the new world order Hera has created.




Have you read a book with an ending that made you say WTF? What was it and why did you feel that way?

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