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The Younger Gods (Younger Gods #1)

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  200 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
The first in a new series from the author of Geekomancy (pop culture urban fantasy) and Shield and Crocus (New Weird superhero fantasy).

Jacob Greene was a sweet boy raised by a loving, tight-knit family…of cultists. He always obeyed, and was so trusted by them that he was the one they sent out on their monthly supply run (food, medicine, pig fetuses, etc.).

Finding himself
Nook, 280 pages
Published October 13th 2014 by Pocket Star
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Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was originally published on Avid Reviews: http://www.avidfantasyreviews.wordpre...

The urban fantasy/paranormal genre is currently so popular that it often gets flooded with clichéd story lines, elements, and tropes. The Younger Gods is not a genre-bending novel, but it does manage to avoid the stereotypical features of a typical paranormal novel. Underwood is a great storyteller, and this original and rapid paced story is sure to stand out in a genre full of love triangles and normal
Alex Ristea
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook, fantasy
tl;dr: I finished this book in a single day (yes it was short, but more importantly: I just couldn't put it down.)

The Younger Gods features a strong narrative voice, right from the start. From there, the plot moves at a ridiculous pace, in very intentional sort of way.

It follows the advice of South Park creators Trey Park and Matt Stone on the importance of putting "therefore" and "but" between your story beats instead of "and then."

Go watch the two-minute video. I'll wait. It's my favourite bit
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I wanted to read this because of the mythology aspect, let's face it, I am a sucker for mythology or anything having to do with magic or the strange. And while I did get some of that in this read, that otherness that I crave, it wasn't quite what I had been expecting or hoping for.

Told in the first person narrative, Jacob was a young man that I never quite connected with. His narration felt off somehow. Disjointed and disconnected from any real feeling or emotion and sadly it kept me from truly
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Younger Gods sounds fun, but it ended up not really pulling ahead of everything else I've read that's even a little bit like it. Somehow the assembling team, the plot, it all lacked anything that really made me care -- there should've been at least a sense of urgency, and more feelings from the main character about what exactly was happening, but I felt like it was just going through the motions.

This is the first of Underwood's books I've read, and I'm pretty disappointed; some of his ideas
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Jacob Greene was raised in a cult, though to call it a cult might be a bit dismissive. They are killers, who have a relationship with a god or deity of some kind, that gives them powers beyond normal men and women and the ability to foresee and perhaps bring about a genuine apocalypse. Most cults don’t have members that can actually summon demons, so, like GOT’s Melisandre, you have to give them a bit of respect; the power is real and proven so a little hard to question.

One night Jacob brings ov
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
(Full review here:

The Younger Gods is a solid urban fantasy with an interesting premise and characters you can’t help but get invested in. It’s a smart ride with plenty of diversity, commentary on how equally odd myths and modernity are, and I have to give Underwood praise in setting the whole thing up, because it’s clear that an impressive amount of research went into the small details that make the whole thing so rich and realistic. It’s soaked in the
Michael Underwood
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the beginning of a new urban fantasy series, completely distinct from the Ree Reyes series. It follows the journey Jakob Greene, the only moral son of a family of cruel demon-worshippers.

He escapes from the family when he realizes their monstrosity, and tries to learn how to be in the world, when his sister shows up to kick off the apocalypse.
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Once upon a time, I waited in line at a convention to get a book autographed by a very popular author who wrote tie-in novels for a role-playing game setting. As I watched, the person in front of me in line settled into a very detailed description of an adventure he and his friends had done while playing in this same setting. The author smiled politely and nodded his head as the story got longer and longer, and I thought to myself, “My God, how many hundreds of these stories has he had to endur ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Jacob Greene came from a cult. He escaped and his trying to make a new life for himself at St. Mark's University. So far Jacob is learning it is harder to make friends than it was living in a cult. Jacob hears on the news of a murder. The body was surrounded by a circle that was burned with ashes. The murder can mean only one thing...Jacob's family has found him. Jacob knows that the murder is just the beginning. It is a ritual to being doom to the Earth.

I had issues with this book. At times it
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was an unexpected treat with a fantastic storyline and characters that are highly likeable. I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone.

The main character is jake, a teenage boy attending university to get away from his dangerous family after they sacrificed his best friend in an attempt to invoke an appocolyptical event to bring the 'younger gods' into the earth. He is doing well at university until killings start happening in their local area and he suspects his fa
Sep 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: z-did-not-finish
I am finding this book hard to get into. I'm at 32% and thinking of giving up on it. The first chapters has promise but now its lost. I'm losing interest fast.

I gave up at 49%, the writing style and story line just weren't for me. I have no interest to see how the book finishes. The characters had no chemistry or depth, dialogue was poor and uninteresting. I couldn't connect with any of the characters.

I'm sorry I'm coming across as harsh, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

I love vampires, magic, n
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Younger Gods ebook giveaway

Despite the ominous summary above and the promise that an apocalypse is looming, this is a story about family – about the ones Jacob chooses over the one he was born into.

Jacob is the white sheep of his family, the one who doesn’t want to kill people and bring about the end of the world. Bit of a problem when his entire family is determined to do exactly that. We don’t get to read much of Jacob’s life with the Greenes, but we don’t need to – Underwood draws an effe
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
An expanded version appears on my blog, The Irresponsible Reader.
One of Michael R. Underwood's most impressive traits is his versatility. We've got the fun Urban Fantasy adventures of Ree Reyes, the strange superheroes of Audec-Hal, and now, this darker UF about a cult's white sheep trying to stop the apocalypse.

Jacob Greene -- of those Greenes (apparently) -- has come to New York to attend university -- and get away from his family and their demon-worshiping apocalyptic cultish practices that
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I first found this title while browsing through the offerings at NetGalley. After having requested it for review, I received an invitation from the publisher to read and review this title. It's a wondrous thing when great minds think alike. The whole premise of the story grabbed my attention. Many books were written on the basis of the world ending due to some group wanting to have dominion. However, I can't think of very many which feature the outcast of a cult trying to prevent the end of the ...more
The Younger Gods is another hit from author Michael R. Underwood (also creator of this year’s current favourite ‘Shield and Crocus’ and another great urban fantasy series Geekomancy). Every book I’ve read has fit – at least in part – to the ‘fantasy’ genre, but each book’s style and protagonist is markedly different. For me, this is the sign of a truly talented and accomplished writer.

As always Underwood has a cast of diverse characters. The main protagonist, Jacob Greene, has abandoned his cult
Lisa Tobleman
Oct 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: youngadult
I received this as a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Younger Gods
by Michael R. Underwood
255 pages, Pocket Star (October 13, 2014)

Ooof that was….hard to read. I almost did not bother finishing this book and that is rare. I read beta novels and edit manuscripts, so when I see a book from a publishing company I assume it will be a complete and polished novel. This book could have benefited from someone stepping back and asking “does the highly archaic and convoluted
Sep 19, 2014 added it
THE YOUNGER GODS features Jacob Greene, one of ‘the’ Greenes, a family of cultists who long to awaken the Younger Gods. He was a good boy, following orders, but when they betrayed him in an unspeakable way, even for the Greenes he decided to leave. He enrolled in college in New York, a loner who renounced his family and their beliefs, in order to learn about the world his family told him was only full of cattle. When his older sister comes to town to wake a Younger God and start the apocalypse, ...more
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Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seemed like Underwood stumbled a bit with this one. Not for the story line, but in the writing. As the Geekomancy series progressed Underwood's writing smoothed out and began to flow better. This one is a little choppy again. I do however, think that fits with the main characters abrupt societal shift and the resulting culture shock. I like how Underwood made sure to clarify how the magic wielders were able to refuel and continue the fight. It's a nice departure from the "unlimited ammo" trop ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jacob was home schooled, quiet, well educated and is now away for college, doing all the right things, following the rules and living frugally. And desperately avoiding his evil family and their pledge to the dark ones with which they one day intend to destroy the world

It was an unconventional upbringing.

Getting used to New York City after such a beginning would be difficult – but when his sister arrives in town fully intending to kick start the apocalypse, it’s all Jacob can do to rally what de
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book -- it's got some elements of Crocodile Dundee (minus the problematic stuff) and Harry Dresden. Lots of action; enjoyable cast of characters. Would definitely read a sequel.
Elena Linville
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, loved-ok
It's been a while since I read a good urban fantasy book that didn't center around fae or werewolves / vampires and didn't include a romance. In fact, I had come to the sad belief that these were the only books the genre had to offer. So The Younger Gods by Michael R Underwood was like a breath of fresh air.

Jacob Greene came to New York to escape the clutches of his very overbearing and secretive family and start a new life away from the cult. Jacob's only worries now are to try and fit into th
John Burt
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from Goodreads as an etext.

My wife delivers notices to people in the mid-Willamette Valley area, and when possible I ride along, usually reading to her from "the car book". The etext of The Younger Gods was our most recent "car book". We enjoyed it immensely, and intend to use other books by Michael R. Underwood as future "car books".

Jacob Greene is the Scion of the Greenes of North Dakota, a family who make the Whateleys look like the Huxtables. Y
Phoebe Prince
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jacob had what could understatedly be called an unusual upbringing by an occultist family in North Dakota. But these aren’t just any crazies living off the grid–Jake is from the Greene family, a group of fanatics who believe they’re going to be the ones to bring about the Apocalypse by releasing the Younger Gods of the Deep into the human world and ushering in the last age of man. This–and a graphic incident where Jake’s only childhood friend is tricked into getting his heart cut out on prom nig ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I’m not going to lie, this book was very hard to get into. I really struggled for the first several chapters to figure out what was going on and what Underwood was trying to tell me. I felt like there was no warning to what was happening, suddenly I was thrust into a world where I did not understand the way of life or the history of the main character nor the language of the book itself. However, as the story continued, I found it harder and harder to put down and found myself enthralled in this ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I've been a fan of Michael R. Underwood's since I grabbed the Nook version "Geekomancy" when it was on sale at Barnes and Noble. I was instantly hooked by the weird world of Ree Reyes, and have followed the author since. His Ree Reyes books are a delight, and while his "Shield and Crocus" was outside my normal comfort zone, I liked it anyway.

"The Younger Gods," though, failed to work as well for me. I was entertained enough to say I liked the book, but I never really got "grabbed" by the story i
Alysa H.
Sep 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, abandoned
A great premise and some loving descriptions of everyday New York City, but unfortunately the writing is uniformly not very good. It's distractingly full of awkward grammar and strange word choices. At first I tried to chalk this up to the fact that the First Person POV character, Jacob, is socially maladroit by virtue of his having been, well, homeschooled by a cult family, but it's more of a systemic problem, as the entire narrative and all sides of the dialogue suffer. At times I even felt as ...more
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog

The first page gets you off to a good start, drawing you into the world of Jake as he tries to come to terms with things around him. Unfortunately I didn't find this as humourous as I'd have expected to, I think that the main problems I had was with the main character and, as this is a first person recount, that therefore impact
Bobby Corry
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a hard book to read. I had to constantly go back and reread paragraphs to understand what was happening. There are a lot of characters with different abilities popping up in the book that confuses the reader.

The first third of the book I understood that this is a new series with new characters and new situations that I needed to get into to enjoy the book. By the second third of the book I still did not settle in the writer's prose which made the book really difficult to understand. For
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an eCopy from the author directly, with no obligations of any kind, though I told him I'd write a review and post it up.

I enjoyed this book, though I wasn't always sure what it was trying to be. The storyline follows the main character as he tries to defeat the Big Bad, in this case his sister, from awaking the Younger Gods and ending the Age of Man. The main character is the white sheep of a family of evil Sorcerers, who escaped to go to college. Growing up on a compound
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