Discord’s Apple by Carrie Vaughn

Posted April 30, 2020 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Discord's Apple

Discord's Apple

by Carrie Vaughn

Publisher: Tor Books on January 1, 2010
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Magic, Mythology, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Target Age Group: Adult
Rating: ★★★★

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When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope’s Fort, Colorado, is not the only legacy she stands to inherit. Hidden behind the old basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again.

Of course, this legacy is not without its costs: There are those who will give anything to find a way in.

With the help of her father, a mysterious stranger named Alex, and some unexpected heroes, Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, protecting the past and the future even as the present unravels. Old heroes and notorious villains alike will rise to fight on her side or to do their best to bring about her defeat.

At stake is the fate of the world and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse.

 

I kept going back and forth on Discord’s Apple.

I really loved the setting and parts of the story here.  This book has a unique and interesting mixture of things – this is a dystopia, but there’s legends and mythology woven in.  Discord’s Apple is the story of an ending, and I just found it… so refreshingly original in that way.  Evie’s timeline, in particular, fascinated me.  I loved this twist on dystopia, and seeing popular characters from mythology and legend appear was just… super cool, honestly.  A novelty, but a fun one.

So the setting was super cool in the present.  That said, there’s a few different POVs on a few different timelines.  Vaughn is trying to tie in all aspects of the story, but Sinon’s history and the history of Evie’s family was, for me, so much less interesting than the present situation.  While Sinon’s story was relevant, the family history felt like filler and that was a bummer.  I just pushed through those ones.

The characters were… hmm.  There wasn’t a whole lot of depth to most of them.  I liked Evie well enough, and Sinon was… he was okay, depending on the scene.  There was not a lot of depth to him, nor the villains.  They were not bad, per se.  They just weren’t memorable.

It was an easy read, though, which I really liked.  Light, easy to breeze through when I did have the motivation to sit down and read at all.  She writes well and while some things were a little cheesy and there should be a TW for off-scene rape and mentioning of that.  There are little things that were not great and little things that were brilliant – I love the Storeroom.

It’s an interesting book to read, honestly.  I would recommend it, because it is different and creative.  The dystopia stuff is fantastic.  It’s not perfect, but it’s interesting, and it’s different, and sometimes that makes a huge difference.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★
Writing: ★★★★
Pacing: ★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★

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Discord’s Apple Stays on The Shelf

As I was reading this, I really danced back and forth about whether or not I was going to keep this book.  I think it won me over because of the dystopian section, it was entertaining enough and different enough that I would want to dive in again.

Also, I just… I really like dystopias?  This is such a creative twist and while it’s not the type of book that blew me away… I was entertained!  It may not make it through a second purge, but Discord’s Apple snuck by this time.

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What unique dystopias have you read?  I’m always looking to add more of my favorite genres, so if you have a recommendation, please let me know in the comments!

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