I am so grateful a close friend gifted me a copy of a new book to read called “Protogenesis”, by author Alysia Helming. I don’t read fiction often and when I do, I hope for it to transport me to other places and to feel like I can’t put the book down. “Protogenesis” did both of these for me. The author immediately drew me into Helene’s story of not only this world, but a world of Greek Gods and Goddesses. The way she weaves the two worlds together is fascinating and had me finishing the book in a couple of days. I put a lot aside to enjoy the fabulous story and I was transported every time I picked up the book.
While “Protogenesis” is technically a book for teens, I feel it would appeal to a wider audience, much like the Harry Potter series. I had such fun being reminded of the stories I knew of Greek Gods and Goddesses and also learning some new ones and being truly fascinated by these tales. You feel for Helene, the lead character, as she is torn apart from the life she knew in an instant and then finds herself on her own to not only reclaim some of her past, but to rebuild a totally different future than she ever imagined. The story throws in many spiritual synchronicities along the journey as Helene tries to find her way and it did a wonderful job of showing that if you are truly on your path – you will encounter all you need to get you to that next step – which is one thing my readers know I truly believe in.
I enjoyed hearing about the locations in Greece and felt Alysia’s descriptions were beautiful and painted a true picture. It definitely made me add Greece to my bucket list of places to visit and Alysia was sure to incorporate the neighborhoods, history, beauty and some of the traditions making you truly feel like you were there.
I feel Alysia painted a true version in Helene of what a teen-aged girl is like and how she would maneuver through challenges and situations that she was facing. Her characterizations felt true to life and I had no trouble truly picturing each character as if they were coming off the page. I don’t want to give anything away, so I will speak broadly. As lead character Helene’s journey into the more (let’s call it “supernatural” realm) expands, you see her facing believers and non-believers. You witness her facing her own strengths and weaknesses and calling on the best version of herself to complete her mission. Yes, she may get side-tracked, as all teenagers seem to do, but that made the journey more real and fun to read about.
When I was reading “Protogenesis”, I went to bed thinking about the characters and their situations and wondered how it would unfold. I woke up thinking about it and scheduling time for myself to read more that day. This book felt like an experience and one that left me wanting more. As I finished the book, I found myself wondering what was happening next with a few of the characters and to me, there is no bigger compliment to an author. I am excited for the next books in the series to come out and know I will be getting them as soon as they do. Thank you to Alysia for a beautiful journey with exciting characters! My only question is, “When can I read the next one?”