Shadow is a convict who’ll be released soon. A few days before his planned release, he receives the tragic notice of the death of his beloved wife Laura after a car accident, therefore, he’ll be released that same afternoon.
In the airplane, on the way to his home, he meets a man who knows a lot about him. He introduces himself as Mr. Wednesday and he warns Shadow of the arrival of a huge storm. He also offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard with the conditions that he must believe in everything and ask no questions. Shadow takes the job after being convinced that there’s nothing left for him besides this job.
This is the beginning of Shadow’s new life. A life in which he’ll meet many gods and mythological creatures who were taken to the United States by the immigrants and in which he’ll be part of a war between ancient and new gods.
This book is very interesting because it tells more stories besides the main one. Stories about the ones who brought the ancient gods with them because they believed in the myths or legends; and stories of the actual life of some gods and their way of living.
I agree with the idea of internet and TV as actual gods. Internet is extremely necessary for humans. There are people who feel bad or uncomfortable in places where there’s no internet, just as the fat boy who was the internet’s god. And there are TVs everywhere, some people use them as teachers for their kids, and having a TV in home is a need now.
I couldn’t choose either side. The ancient gods demanded sacrifices, war and a blind worship and the new ones cause addiction and dependence.
I liked the book’s end and I had no idea of the real identity of Mr. World, that was a surprise. I’m glad that Shadow could felt alive again after the shock of losing Laura in the way she died.
This is a great book and I recommend it.