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The Lost Sun

(The United States of Asgard #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,981 ratings  ·  311 reviews
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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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

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
♥ Becky  22
Dec 12, 2012 marked it as to-read
Awesome! I love Norse mythology.

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

Jun 27, 2013 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
I would have liked this book if it didn't have such shit that's supposed to be romance, a boring ass plot and such undeveloped, fucking annoying characters.

This book is built on Norse Mythology. In this world U.S.A, THe United States of Asgard is a world very much like our own U.S.A with Heathen gods that run the world.

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
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, ya
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.
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
Jun 18, 2013 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
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
Feb 09, 2012 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
Apr 28, 2013 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
Jessica {Litnoob}
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is one that I was excited for a while to start and I'm glad I did. The idea of an alternate United States that's not only run but completely interstates with a religion but that religion being the acceptance and worship of the Norse gods is so interesting. They touch on how the gods effect everyday life, how they came to America, the colonization of the land and fighting the natives. Plus trolls and elves and a host of other beings clearly stripped right from the mythology. It's such ...more
This was an interesting book. United States of Asgard. Hmmmm.
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
Jul 04, 2013 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
May 03, 2015 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
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
May 14, 2013 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
Aug 18, 2012 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.



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


Niiiiiiice cover.

Natalie Parker
May 12, 2012 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.
Nov 07, 2012 marked it as absolutely-positively-getting
United States of Asgard?


This cover...
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!!
This 3-star rating is honestly mostly for the world-building and the absolutely amazing potential this book contained ...that ultimately went to waste on the truly sub-par characters and plot.

I really liked the idea of this world where the Norse were the ones to colonize the Americas, and I think the author did an excellent job of thinking about which things would change due to that and which would be more or less the same. Sometimes it did get a bit annoying with all the random name / spelling
Hazel West
Feb 06, 2013 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
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
first read in 2014 and given 2 stars (not sure why I was so mean).

listened to audiobook in 2018, 3.5 stars.

it's a road trip story with Norse gods, teens with special abilities, friendship and love. I'm far more likely at this point to get books 2 and 3 which I never did after reading it in 2014. sadly, the library still doesn't have them so I'll need to buy, but at $5 each it's not bad for an e-book.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A berserker and a seer unite on a quest to find the Lost Sun, Baldur The Beautiful, the God of the Sun. The God that rises from his ashes to be reborn again every year. This is the first year that the Sun God did not rise again on his feat day. In the United States of Asgard the Norse Gods rule, They sit upon the House of Congress and the Valkyrie rule along side the chosen president.
Each citizen is a son or daughter of a god that they have given allegiance too. Soren the berserker son of Odin
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I loved the concept of this book (a Norse version of the US where the gods are very real and very present) and in general, the world building was really working for me. I just wish that the story hadn't been saddled with a dull romance between two characters who had zero chemistry and are impossibly in love with each other after something like a week of actually interacting with each other.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this under a different version, the one with the bad cover.
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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