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The Lost Sun (The United States of Asgard #1)

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Fans of Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" and Holly Black's "The Curse Workers" will embrace this richly drawn, Norse-mythology-infused alternate world: the United States of Asgard. 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 ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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♥ Becky  22
Dec 12, 2012 ♥ Becky 22 marked it as to-read
Awesome! I love Norse mythology.

So, yay! A book set in Asgard. Totally reading it.




Khanh (the Grinch)

This was a beautifully written book with an intriguing concept of a Norse-mythology-based United States, but it was just not fun to read. I didn't find the plot intriguing, I didn't find it interesting, I didn't feel any sense of urgency or excitement. The characters are nice, but to me, it didn't feel like they developed throughout the story at all. I was not attached to them, to me, the characters did not feel like real people to whom I can relate.

Great writing and an interesting alternate wor
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Mitch
Jul 01, 2013 Mitch rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this review by saying The Lost Sun hinges on an awkward romance that doesn't work. At all. That said, for a variety of reasons I’ll get into shortly, I absolutely loved this book and definitely consider it to be by far one of the best things I’ve read this year. Most of the time, summaries that draw comparisons to other, more popular authors are way off the mark, but in this case, I think the comparison to Neil Gaiman is not only apt, but warranted, and for those looking for a mor ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

What would it be like if gods were actually around to govern our lives? Can you imagine the United States under the rule of Norse deities? Even if you could, you really don’t have to –Tessa Gratton has already done it with great success.

Every person in the United States of Asgard is a devotee of some Norse god, depending on their talents, convictions and just general attitude towards life. They pray to their gods knowing that the deities are real and involved in state affairs. There is no need f
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kari
Jul 05, 2013 kari rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2013
I did not like this one. At all. Should have used the 50 page rule and gotten out before I wasted so much time forcing myself to read this book.
So, what we have here is insta-love with a side order of I-am-too-dangerous-to-be-with-you.
Where have you read this before? Anyone read this type plot before?
The difference here is that we are being presented with a different world, although said world is not well-crafted enough or developed enough to be fully understood or even slightly believable.
The
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Elevetha
I'm not sure what I was expecting. I don't know; it's hard to explain how I felt about it. I loved it and I didn't care and then I was flapping my hands like a crazy girl and then I was disappointed and then it was over.

It started out with Insta!love/attraction by page 5 and I had this dread that I would hate it; hate the romance, hate the story(which was really very boring up till 1/4 of the way in), hate the writing. But I was wrong.
The writing, if nothing else, while not the best pacing or ch
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Rebecca
Dec 08, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
The world was so real, the characters so deep, the adventure so gripping. It is the world any fan of norse mythology would love to live in. Soren and Astrid are intriguing and intricately complicated teenager characters both with ill-fated parents who's shadows linger over them and both struggle to work out if such histories are a blessing or a curse. Their adventures and quest across this alternative United States is full of detail and precious moments between each other and such moments become ...more
Cecelia
Jul 05, 2013 Cecelia rated it it was amazing
2013 may go down as the year of fantastic world-building. Of course a lot of that is due to what I’ve chosen to read, but I can tell you that Tessa Gratton’s new release The Lost Sun, the first in The United States of Asgard series, will join the parade of really wonderful and exciting new worlds that I’ve discovered this year. I was lured in by the promise of Norse mythology and a Holly Black-like read, and that’s an accurate description. The Lost Sun is the best young adult fantasy I’ve read t ...more
Crystal
Jul 02, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
adore Tessa Gratton. I just don't know what else to say except that. She is a master storyteller and every single book I pick up that has been written by her I am enthralled immediately and find myself just lost in whatever world she has created.

In the past few weeks I have been kinda stuck in this bubble where all I read are books that have heavy Greek and Norse mythology throughout and I have to say after reading several books The Lost Son is by far my favorite. I have always loved Greek myth
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Matilda
Ok so I loved Loved Loved this book but upon trying to write a review I came up short as how could I review something I loved so much without
A) Gushing my head off
B) Stating random things I liked about the book but making the review really bad
C) Stopping anyone wanting this book by a bad review
So I decided to go with Gifs (which I have been doing a lot recently...)

So as I was saying this book was amazing.



If this book was food This is what would have happened:



The mythology was amazingly placed i
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Nicole
Jul 15, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok
The Lost Sun came very close to being thrown into my DNF pile, but I managed to trudge through it....barely.

I'm a huge fan of mythology, although I'm not as familiar with Norse legends and myths. This is a book that should have worked for me. Instead, it was a huge letdown. To put it bluntly, the world-building in this book needed a "hel" of a lot more attention. The characters live in some alternate version of American society called the United States of Asgard, which is a land inhabited by Nor
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Nicole
May 03, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
I particularly enjoyed the narrator in this book. Soren had a complex internal conflict that was so clearly developed. I actually liked all of the characters, and that is a true rarity! The world building was engaging, and the way the author introduced aspects of Norse mythology without info dumping was pretty impressive. It was nicely paced to create the feel of a quest, and I appreciated how it had goals that were met along the way so that I wasn't left waiting foreverlong for an event to happ ...more
Stephanie
Jul 08, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Rich, intense, and *amazing*. This has some of the best worldbuilding I've read in a fantasy novel for a long time. It isn't just that this is an alternate world, with the Norse gods interacting with everyday life; the whole culture feels authentically different because of it. I love the representations of the gods themselves, and their different followers. I love Fenris Wolf as a perpetually hungry, dangerous teenage girl. I loooooove the gorgeous, atmospheric writing, which really feels epic i ...more
Sharon L
I got the CD from a friend, my first attempt at Audio-Book, and I can say this one is just not for me.

Now, please don't misunderstand, from the little time I listened to the Audio I can tell the writing is beautiful and the the world is interesting enough.

It seems like something I'd enjoy reading. but since I'm very sensןtive to sounds and voices I have to admit that the readers voice just gets on my nerves especially when he do the dialogues or wispher in a low voice.

Then again, This is my
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Kayla
Jun 13, 2013 Kayla marked it as to-read
As a history and mythology geek of the highest order, I nearly squeed.

I have an irrational fear that this could go very wrong, but I will pray that it is as awesome as I hope.

EDIT:

TITLE CHANGE. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN.

description

Also:

Okay. That summary. Sounds way too Perseus Jackson to me. Please don't be a rip off, I will be so disappointed.

EDIT #2

Niiiiiiice cover.

Deborah
The United States of Asgard, where the Norse gods live, actually live, and meddle much like the Greek ones we so often read, and rewrite American history. This book is a world-building jewel! The author never misses an opportunity to tease out the alternative history of everyday objects, food, fashion, and institutions both corporate, social, religious, and political, which all intersect in wonderfully creative and smart ways. The weaving of those new histories, back-story bites, and re imaginin ...more
Stephanie
Oct 10, 2012 Stephanie marked it as to-read
This DOES sound like a Percy Jackson book, but what I think is funny is that Rick Riordan was already planning a Norse mythology series, too. Ha. Obviously, this is different in the sense that Riordan mostly includes his gods as "family" of the main characters. This doesn't sound like that.
Amy Plum
What a fabulous book. Loved the world building and mythology, and what an amazing main character: a teenage berserker. Can't wait to read Book 2!!
Gabriela
Mar 12, 2013 Gabriela marked it as absolutely-positively-getting
United States of Asgard?

:D

This cover...
Natalie Parker
Jun 06, 2013 Natalie Parker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Reading this book was my undoing. I don't usually cry, and boy howdy, did I cry. Read it. Just. You won't regret it.
Ivy
This was an interesting book. United States of Asgard. Hmmmm.
Christopher McKitterick
Jul 16, 2014 Christopher McKitterick rated it it was amazing
I love Gratton's United States of Asgard books. Because I have to read so much for the Campbell Memorial Award and student writing, her US of A books (THE LOST SUN and book 2, THE STRANGE MAID) are the first novels I've read for fun in months. And what a perfect pleasure these are!

I could hardly put down THE LOST SUN - the first time that happened for a few months! It's a love-story road-trip through a fantastic alternate USA where the Norse gods actually live and interact with us, from the poin
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Leeanna
Nov 24, 2013 Leeanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, amazon-vine
This review originally appeared on my blog, Leeanna.me.

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THE LOST SUN takes place in an alternate, Norse inspired version of the United States. It follows Soren, a teenage berserker warrior, and Astrid, a seethkona (prophetess), on their quest to find Baldur, the god of light.

Aside from trying to find Baldur, who should have risen after the last day of winter but didn’t, Soren and Astrid have their own struggles. Soren fears his berserking heritage, and does everything he can to control somethi
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Sara Grochowski
Tessa Gratton's The Lost Sun is a beautifully written and imagined introduction to The United States of Asgard series. This tale of two teens with interwoven destinies unfolds with an insistent pull from Gratton's steady hand and, before the reader realizes what's happened, they're completely under the spell of this alternate universe and the characters they've come to love.

The Lost Sun follows Soren, a born with the gift, or curse, of berserking in this blood, and Astrid, a gifted prophetess li
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Hazel West
Jul 20, 2013 Hazel West rated it really liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I've been waiting for this book to come out for a while; I just loved the thought of a "United States of Asgard" and modern day Berserkers and all that. I'll admit that this book wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, but I'm not disappointed either, in fact, I think I actually ended up liking it better because of it.

Cover--Yea or Nay: Despite the fact there is a character impersonator on the cover, I really like it. I think it's lovely, and the boy actually doe
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Lindsay
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 ...more
Joanne♥~Bookworm Extraordinaire
This book was surprisingly good. I mean there are a few things that I didn't like but I liked the book.

I love mythology fiction and that was no different with this book. I liked reading about the Norse gods and goddesses and the various myths that are told throughout the book. I love that Baldur, the sun god was in the book and was such a down to earth and loyal friend to Soren and Astrid. I also loved that Fenris Wolf was in the book and she told her story of what really happened to her. I wis
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Laura
Jul 25, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Excellent character development and world building make this one of my top two books of the year. When I heard the premise -- Norse mythology woven into the 21st century -- I wondered if it would be believable. But Gratton not only make it work, she creates a world that will envelop you. Soren, destined to be a Berserker warrior like this father, is doing all he can to stay calm and keep the rage inside him from taking over. He distances himself from everyone, until he meets Astrid, a prophetess ...more
.mariesa.inez.
Jan 08, 2015 .mariesa.inez. marked it as on-my-shelf  ·  review of another edition
SQUEAKS LOUDLY
linnea is best human i now have a gorgeous SIGNED copy of this on my shelf also with all the beautiful underlining in it
Susan
Dec 15, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
What the heck is up with the cover with the white boy? My cover has a black Soren, as is proper. This book is perfection. I'm gonna finish a few other books in in the middle of before I drive into #2 but it'll be torture
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Tessa Gratton has wanted to be a paleontologist or a wizard since she was seven. Alas, she turned out too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for a someone to teach her magic. After traveling the world with her military family, she acquired a BA (and the important parts of an MA) in Gender Studies, then settled down in Kansas with her partner, her cats, and her mutant dog. She now ...more
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