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Outrun the Wind

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Outrun the Wind

Kahina was never meant to be a huntress of Artemis. But after being sold into service of Apollo as an oracle at Delphi, Kahina was saved by Artemis and gladly became one of her Huntresses. There was only two conditions: always obey the goddess and never fall in love. Yet after observing the hunt of one of Artemis’ boars, Kahina kills the goddesses’ creation to save the huntress Atalanta. To try to reclaim her position in the Hunt, Kahina must journey to Arkadia to complete a mission where she finds shelter in the palace of the King of Arcadia --- whose long lost daughter is none other than Atalanta herself.

As Kahina helps prepare Atalanta for her marriage, the initial coldness between the two begins to melt as the pair becomes closer and closer. As time goes on, Kahina grows dangerously close to breaking the second of Artemis’s rule. Together, Kahina and Atalanta create a plan insisting that the only one to win Atalanta’s hand in marriage had to win a simple foot race against what seems to be the fastest runner in all of Greece --- Atalanta. As suitors start arriving in crowds, the stakes are raised and what begins as a simple race starts to turn deadly.

"Tammi shares a part of history that is undoubtedly there...but never heard of...her commitment to create characters that were...strong, loving, fierce makes it all the more enjoyable to read."

Fans of THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller and the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan are going to love the newest retelling of the famous Greek myth of the hero Atalanta. With its dual perspective and carefully thought out details, OUTRUN THE WIND is a story I couldn’t put down. I have always loved mythology of all different sorts, but Greek mythology has always has a special home in my heart, and this version of one of my favorite heroes did not disappoint.

History of minorities has a tendency to be erased, and that certainly is the case with queer history of all sorts, especially when it comes to ancient history. By writing a Greek mythology that features girls loving girls, Tammi shares a part of history that is undoubtedly there --- but never heard of when we read those classic myths. Not only is the representation excitingly refreshing, but her commitment to create characters that were not the weak women of many perpetuated myths, but rather strong, loving, fierce makes it all the more enjoyable to read.

The best thing to a feminist is to see women written exactly the same as men are, and Tammi did not fail. At times, Atalanta was a brutal hero to match the viciousness of her myth as well as her male counterparts. On top of that, instead of the caring Artemis many of us read in the bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Tammi portrays a goddess that seems a little closer to the truth --- a being of immense and terrifying power barely contained by the flimsy shield of the body of a teenage girl.

Her writing, while initially feeling a bit detached, fit the format of a lengthened myth perfectly. Despite the sometimes formal structure, Tammi was able to create connections from the reader to seemingly every character, even the ones that were too terrible to find a soul in. What grew from two girls who could barely stand to talk to each other into a classic story of heroes and love is one you don’t want to miss.

As the challenges from suitors mount and the threats from the gods grow more and more dangerous, Atalanta must run faster and faster still --- until she can outrun the wind.

Reviewed by Caitlyn K., Teen Board Member on December 18, 2018

Outrun the Wind
by Elizabeth Tammi