So… how do you review a book that was well-written, but you will absolutely never read again? And in fact, was a bit hard to get through this time? I just finished reading “The City of the Plague God” by Sarwat Chadda. It’s a YA fantasy book in the Rick Riordan mythology genre of fiction. It’s got a lot of action, adventure, plays heavily on the story of Gilgamesh and Mesopotamian gods and takes place in New York City.
So what’s wrong? Well, for starters, I don’t recommend reading a story about a plague while in the throes of a pandemic. Secondly, it has a lot of disgusting aspects (plagues of boils, maggots, and more). It was really nasty. But would probably appeal to a younger audience with a strong stomach.
Anyway, I gave it 4 sparklers because it is well-written and interesting, but…ugh. Will definitely not ever read it again.