Author: Rick Riordan // First published: October 2010 // Genre: YA, Fantasy
This edition: 553 pages, published in April 2012 by Disney Hyperion // Get it @TheBookDepository
Read in February 2016
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea-except that everything seems very wrong.
Piper has a secret. Her father 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, monsters, and fine-looking girls. 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.
Rick Riordan, the best-selling author of the Percy Jackson series, pumps up the action and suspense in The Lost Hero, the first book in The Heroes of Olympus series. Fans of demi-gods, prophesies, and quests will be left breathless–and panting for Book Two.
First of all, you can read on Goodreads my initial thoughts when I closed the book. I like to do that sometimes: write my immediate thoughts after I have just finished the book. I should do that more because often after a couple of days I don’t remember anything.
I really like this world. I was a big fan of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and diving back into this world was really great. Something I noticed right away (I did not know all that much about this series apart from the fact that it was a kind of Percy Jackson spin-off) was that while Percy Jackson was more targeted towards children (or middle-grade fiction as they call it), this series took more of a young adult turn. Which I guess makes sense given the age of the characters (12 in Percy Jackson, 16 in Heroes of Olympus).
As you may have read from my initial thoughts if you clicked the link just above, I was not too keen on some aspects of the book. Mainly the fact that some characters seem very slow to understand things that appear to be really obvious, and the fact that a lot of the events feel really convenient and too easy.
Where Percy Jackson focused solely on Percy as the narrator, here we have three new narrators, and I have to say it works quite well. In terms of story telling I mean, because often, with multiple perspectives, we can get a bit lost and not really know from which point of view we are reading (*cough* Allegiant). Where it becomes a bit disappointing when you think about it, is that we basically just got Percy, Annabeth, and Grover all over again. It is not a massive problem because I happened to like those new characters (I think Leo is my favourite), but it does feel like the same formula as before, just tweaked here and there to make it seem like something new, when it really isn’t.
I don’t know if I got caught up in the world again or what, because even though I have quite a few problems with the book, I ordered the sequel. It’s just a nice, easy read that makes me want to go back to it to know what happens. Even if sometimes I roll my eyes at the unlikeliness of it all.