Oh. My. Goodness. My heart is broken. It’s on the floor in itty bitty pieces. They prose is beautiful, the story is beautiful, and even though I know how it must end, it still broke my heart. Just no words.
Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful— irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath.
They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.
I had heard so much about this book, mainly through Tumblr, and I was a little leery about starting it because of all the hype. But the hype is true—this book is just SO good! If you know Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey, you know how this story will end, and yet you will still not be prepared for it. You will be a blubbering mess, and loving every minute of it. It is a sign of truly good book that it can evoke these emotions from you, even when you know what will happen at the end.
I just absolutely loved Patroclus. I wanted to protect him, wrap him up in a little bubble and never let him go. His and Achilles connection to each other—it sort of made me feel for them what I felt for Ari and Dante in Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz. Simply, I adored them. This is one book you will definitely want to pick up.
GO! Go pick this book up and read it!
[The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller (Ecco) 378 pp., $15.99]