“The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)” by Rick Riordan
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
It’s no secret that I love young adult fiction and that last summer I fell in love with the Percy Jackson series. When I found out that Riordan was writing a sequel series to the Percy Jackson series, I was ecstatic.
I gotta say that The Lost Hero did not let me down. I was skeptical that the book might fall flat because The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles) is no where near as interesting as the Percy Jackson. The Lost Hero kept me absolutely hooked (I finished it in under 48 hrs).
I enjoyed the new characters (Jason, Piper, and Leo) but also enjoyed the sprinkling of old characters (Annabeth, Chiron) with the new characters. The new plot twist (Roman mythology) came out of nowhere but it fits in well with the story. I loved the switching of point of view between Jason, Piper, and Leo within the book. It definitely added to the story.
My biggest annoyance with the story was the ending. I thought it was good but I was just annoyed with the cliffhanger. With that said, I can’t wait for the next installment of the series.
[new addiction to the review]
Even though the book doesn’t have Percy in it at all, it definitely has the “Percy” feel. That is the humor and juvenile (in a good way) feeling to the story. One of the reasons I loved the Percy Jackson books so much is the way Riordan is able to tell the story in a young voice without it sounding weird. He gets he voice of a younger teen just right without it sounding too much like an adult trying to be a kid.
It definitely carries through to the Heroes of Olympus series. We have 3 new protagonists but have the same feeling. It sounds weird but it’s a bit comforting. It’s almost like catching up with an old friend, which is so hard to find in books anymore.
The story is fresh. While it is a sequel series to Percy Jackson, it also has its own story. Greek mythology is used but it doesn’t feel recycled. If anything, it feels like it’s a stepping stone to what (I assume) the rest of the series is going to be like.
Loved it. Percy Jackson fans pick this up right now. You don’t have read the Percy Jackson books to enjoy this.
Anyone else as excited as I am for the next installment of the series? Less than 2 months til it’s here! 😀
[Old review taken from my old blog that is updated rarely]