“Lovely War”, by Julie Berry, is described on its back as “An epic, sweeping tale of war, loss, and love, from a historical fiction master.”
Told in the midst of World War II, by Greek gods, this story is spun out with many different viewpoints that talk about different feelings, lives, etc. Some of these characters telling the story are immortals Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hades, etc.; and the other characters are a pair of young lovers separated by the war, a black soldier that is a pianist, and a young orphan with devastating history. Throughout “Lovely War” the main message portrayed is, that though war is a powerful and daunting force, there is no match for the power of love.
“Lovely War” starts when two Greek gods, Ares and Aphrodite, get caught by Aphrodite’s jealous husband, Hephaestus, doing something they shouldn’t have. Aphrodite is put on trial, where she spins out a story in her perspective of love. Two young lovers meet, but are separated by war. As more perspectives and characters come in, it is found that love conquers all.
“Lovely War” is a great book that intertwines love, war, and all the characters. I would recommend it to readers 12+ because it includes some violence and racist terms. This is only my opinion and if you want to read this book for fun, you totally should. I personally love how this book is narrated by Greek gods that tell this story in different perspectives (like love, war, and death).