The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Jason has a problem.

He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper. His best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids”, as Leo puts it. What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret.

Her father, a famous actor, has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools.

His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training and monsters. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.

The sequel to this, the Son of Neptune, made my five star list. This was a pretty good book too. All of Rick Riordan’s books are. He makes my top five favorite authors list. This would be a four star. I loved the original Percy Jackson series, and I really miss the original, first-person Percy stories, so that really dissapointed me when I first read this book. Personally, the original characters will always be my favorite. Nico. Annabeth. Percy. Tyson. Grover. Thalia. The works.

1) The beginning. I’ve always loved the way Rick Riordan dives right into the story. It’s really convenient. You don’t have to skim any pages, don’t miss one detail. I kinda didn’t like the way Jason, Piper and Leo’s godly parents were so predictable. If you know Greek mythology well, their godly parents are right in front of your face. If Annabeth had read this book, she would be like, “I’m surrounded by idiots. Where the heck did these kids come from?”

2) The writing. I knew it was third person from the beginning, but I wasn’t completely aware of it until about the middle. A good book can do that. Often times, with a bad third person narration, it becomes more and more painfully obvious until you just explode. Not only that, but Rick Riordan perfectly meshes Greek and Roman mythology. I expected nothing less of him.

3) The twists, turns and–of course, the Rickhanger. Part of the reason I never get tired of Rick Riordan’s writing is because the writing is done well and his ideas are never old. He constantly surprises you. At the flip of every page of this book, you’re asking, “where’s Percy?” Rick Riordan gives you enough answers so that you don’t get bored, but keeps you asking questions. Then, there’s the infamous Rickhanger. He leaves plenty, don’t you worry.

Note: You don’t really get the plot of what happened until you read the Son of Neptune. Be patient. I would advise for anyone who wants to read this series to read this book again after you read the Son of Neptune. That way, you would fully get most of the plotline so far.

pg count for the hardback: 553

series: Heroes of Olympus

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