Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Lost Hero Review

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I read all of the Percy Jackson books a while back and they were good, not great, not life changing, but good. I bought The Lost Hero on my Kindle (first book I’ve paid more than $5 on my Kindle for) and started reading it while on vacation at the beach.  In no time at all I was hooked. I finished the book in a couple of days and when I put the book or rather my Kindle down I was dying to know what happened next.

Goodreads Description 

"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."

The Lost Hero tells the story of three heroes Jason, Leo, and Piper. The book alternates between each of the three lead character’s perspectives.  I really enjoyed this style because it allowed insight into each of the characters.  

My thoughts
When I first picked this book up I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like it because it was a whole new set of characters. However, shortly after I began reading I realized that the old characters I loved were still present. Both Annabeth and Percy played a role in this novel, which I loved. One of my fears was also the believability of having another epic battle soon after the last with Percy and his crew playing a very small role. Without giving much away, I’ll just leave it at… this is not the case.
This was by far my favorite book by Rick Riordan. I think it was due in part to the characters being older and the fact that I was already invested in the world. Another thing I loved was Riordan’s ability to leave you just enough clues to think you know where he’s going but not enough to say after page one, “I’ve got the whole book figured out.” The Lost Hero has plenty of twists and turns to keep readers glued to the pages and an ending that will leave them anxious for more. It is a MUST READ for Percy Jackson fans.

Grade: A+


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