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Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros | Buddy Review

August 19, 2021
Hades Rising Aden Polydoros

Hi book friends! I can’t believe it’s already halfway through August!! Are you nervously preparing for another insane school year, like we are? The little minions go back to school in a matter of weeks. But today, we’re talking about a dystopia fav that we buddy read a few years ago (and revived when the Ginger Mom & Company blog closed its doors recently). If you enjoy dystopias, you’re sure to enjoy this one!

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Hades Rising is the gritty YA novella, you never knew you needed. A mix of great writing (lot of imagery) and fast-paced plot. So, I highly recommend this novella!”

Chris Bedell, Goodreads reviewer
Crystal's Bookish Thoughts

Hmmm … what did I think of this story? I enjoyed it, but again I ended up still wanting more, and I guess that is the purpose of a series, right?

This is the story of Two and Nine, two case studies in Project Pandora who meet and fall in love. Even though this story has the feel of a prequel, please read Project Pandora first, or you may spend some time wondering “huh?” as the tale unfolds.

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Hades Rising Aden Polydoros

HADES RISING by Aden Polydoros
Series: Assassin Fall #0.5
Published: July 2, 2018 by Entangled: Teen
Genre: YA Dystopia, Science Fiction
Length: 147 pages
Format Read: Kindle
Buy It: Amazon
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Reviewed by: Megan & Crystal
Original Review: Ginger Mom & Company
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 (4.5/5 stars)


Best friends, Two and Nine, have spent their entire lives within the Academy’s barbed wire fences and tall brick walls. Deep in the San Juan Mountains, they have lived in absolute isolation with the other subjects, trained so that one day they may be integrated into the outside world.

Two dreams of becoming the perfect military leader the Academy wants to groom him into. However, when he learns that Nine is leaving the Academy, he realizes that his future is meaningless without her. With time running out, he hatches a plan for them to escape together – even if it means going against the brutal overseers of the project he was born into.

>>> This book review originally appeared on our former blog, Ginger Mom & Company, on August 19, 2018 <<<

Megan's Bookish Thoughts

I enjoyed knowing more about Two and Nine as I read this one but, as I re-read Project Pandora, I am finding that one makes more sense to me now. Little quirks and passages that were just part of the story before, now mean more because I know why Hades is intrigued by Elizabeth and I know a bit more about what is going on.

The relationship between Nine and Two is such a sweet one. They are just two kids, raised in an Academy setting, and trained to be soldiers and politicians. They’ve never seen the outside world and, despite being groomed to do what their leaders want, they still cling to their love. It’s that love that leads Two to think they can escape together, after hearing that Nine is going to be leaving.

Hades Rising grabs you from the very beginning and doesn’t let go.”

Sonya Doernberg, Goodreads reviewer
Hades Rising Aden Polydoros

Seeing this story from both their perspectives added extra depth to it, as well. You saw everything Two went through and how it changed him. And then you see how everything looks from the outside in, as Nine sees the change in him. It makes you wonder … if the person you loved was leaving and you thought you’d never see them again, what lengths would you go to?

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Have you read Hades Rising or the rest of the Assassin Fall series? What do you think about prequels? We disagreed a little bit about whether this one should be read before or after Project Pandora … what do you think? Do you read prequels before or after the series? Let us know in the comments below and, as always, thanks for reading!

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  • Reply Wendy Williams August 19, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    So glad you enjoyed this. It does sound exciting.

  • Reply Jo Linsdell August 22, 2021 at 10:32 am

    I quite like prequels but only when they add something to the series.

  • Reply DJ Sakata August 22, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    Glad the storylines are jelling better, I find it frustrating when they don’t.

  • Reply Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf August 23, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Sounds like an interesting series. I haven’t read any Science Fiction for awhile.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms August 29, 2021 at 7:09 am

      Hades Rising is more what I would call dystopian, though Aden Polydoros classifies it more as sci-fi. I think it could definitely be a mix of the two. But it’s a very good series 🙂 I hope you enjoy reading it!

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