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Disney Books Review: Go the Distance

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Are there any Hercules fans out there? Disney Books has released a new Twisted Tale featuring Meg! Read on for a book review of Go the Distance!

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ABOUT GO THE DISTANCE

What if Meg had to become a god?

After Hercules proves he’s a true hero and regains his godship, all seems right in the world. That is, until Zeus tells Meg that she can’t be with Hercules because she’s, well, mortal. Luckily, Hera has a solution, offering Meg a chance to prove herself worthy of a spot on Mt. Olympus–as a god. All Meg has to do is complete a mysterious quest.

Review of Go The Distance

The Twisted Tale novels have been one of Disney most popular book series and for good reason.  The authors that Disney chooses masterfully place classic Disney heroines in unique situations, hence the “twisted” part of the tale!  Go the Distance by Jen Calonita intrigued me because it features one of my favorite heroines (Meg from “Hercules”) and catapults her into a fun adventure in which she has to complete three tasks to become a God and marry Hercules. 

You see, Meg cannot stay with Hercules on Mt. Olympus because she isn’t a god.  Meg makes a deal with Hera and if she complete her quest in the designated time, she is free to marry Hercules and become immortal.  Problem is, the quest isn’t easy and it makes her come face to face with Aegeus, the man she gave up her freedom for.  He’s essentially the reason why she was beholden to Hades in the movie and in Meg’s mind, he betrayed her when he married another woman.

Along for the ride is Phil and Pegasus from the movie and of course Hercules does make an appearance.  Meg is her usual stubborn self but we do get some detailed backstory on her relationship with her mother who encouraged the stubborn independence that Meg proudly shows.  Listen, I’m not married to the Hercules lore so I didn’t mind the changes the author made when it came to Meg’s history with her mother and ex boyfriend.  I did think that Hades being a lovestruck over Persephone was a bit jarring, especially since the movie alludes to his desire for Meg.  

Go the Distance felt like a book that was created and dedicated to hardcore Hercules fans who wanted more of an emphasis on Meg.  The book is pretty fast paced but it felt like a ton jammed into the book.  For instance, all of Meg’s past relationships with her mother and Aegeus, helping Persephone get home, sparring with Hades, and bickering with Wonder Boy himself Hercules.  Still I think Go the Distance is one of the stronger entries in the Twisted Tale Series and a book that a “Hercules” fan should read.

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