Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero

Title: The Lost Hero

Series: The Heroes of Olympus

Year: 2010

Author: Rick Riordan

Summary: Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. (from Goodreads)

Main Characters:
Jason Grace
Piper McLean
Leo Valdez

Review: In this sequel series to Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Rick Riordan includes the world that his readers have grown to love, yet there's a whole new cast. The main characters from PJO are still there, they've just greatly faded into the background. Leo, Piper, and Jason are the forefront of this story, and all three of them take turns narrating the story (pretty much every two chapters). While it was still entertaining, I did find myself missing Percy's first person style in the first series. And the fun chapter headings. But Piper, Leo, and Jason are fun characters (each with his or her own style of mystery/secrets - very intriguing), and their quest from Camp Half-Blood is excellently crafted.

The adventure seemed bumped up a notch in this series, but the pace was still fast and exciting, just what we were used to in PJO. But instead of following one demigod around, now we're on the tail of three of them. The Lost Hero is the first of another five-book series, and the end leaves you wanting more. Yes, it's a horrible cliffhanger. 

Advisory: Some language, and the obvious element with the secular Greek mythology being real. Plenty of monsters, so do expect some fighting and violence. 

The themes in this book seemed a lot more mature compared to the story of the first series, and I cannot say that I'm pleased overall with the taste this book left in my mouth. I don't mind the fantasy aspect with the battles and all, but the magical aspect of the Greek gods' and goddesses' power seemed to have a greater part in The Lost Hero than in the first series, and that I wasn't entirely fond of. 

While I did enjoy this book, I don't expect to read any more of The Heroes of Olympus series. I did some research concerning the next couple of books (The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, The House of Hades, and coming in October, The Blood of Olympus), and I was very disappointed to discover some themes that Rick Riordan is introducing in the series. One character (name removed for spoiler reasons) falls into a disgustingly immoral life, immorality that the Bible clearly condemns, and for that reason, I probably won't be continuing this series.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Related review: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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1 comment:

  1. I've read this whole series, up to the last book (which hasn't been released). I definitely agree that it's nowhere near as awesome as the PJO series, but it was still pretty fun. He brings in Percy and Annabeth a whole lot more in the next few books. :)


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