Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Review: The Lost Hero by: Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero by: Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Genre: Children's Action/Adventure

The Story: (from Rick Riordan's website): 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.

My Review: Welcome to a world where the Greek gods and goddesses rule from the Empire State Building, monsters really do exist, and heroes (teenagers mostly, though there are some younger, that are half human-half god/goddess) go on dangerous quests as part of their summer fun.

The Lost Hero essentially picks up where The Last Olympian left off: with a great prophesy. The heroes from the Percy Jackson series are still there (well, Percy is missing...), but Riordan presents new heroes that must go on a new quest for Olympus. There's a bit of a twist, however. As with ancient mythology, where the gods and goddesses of Greece were incorporated into the Roman pantheon, we discover that deities continue to maintain their various manifestations as both Greek and Roman. This, of course, means there has to be another Camp Half-Blood...

I fell in love with Camp Half-Blood when I read Riordan's Percy Jackson series. So, when I found out that I could return to this awesome summer camp in the Heroes of Olympus series I was very excited. My excitement was rewarded as I read The Lost Hero. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the way Riordan wove the Greek myths into the Percy Jackson series, and I continued to be fascinated as he brought the Roman myths into this new series. This book is action-packed and filled with fun. I recommend this book for anyone who loves mythology, adventure, or just like to read an books with interesting twists. My only regret about the Heroes of Olympus: I have to wait until next fall to read book two...

My Rating:

5 comments:

  1. I have to agree - it seriously sucks that we have to wait until fall for book 2.

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  2. This was a great book! Yeah, I hate waiting. At least we have the Kane Chronicles in the spring. But those books IMO aren't as good as the Olympian books.

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  3. The Kane Chronicles have a very different appeal. I think primarily because Egyptian mythology is just not as well known as the Greek and Roman. Riordan is at the top of my favorite author's list, though I still have not had time to check out what he has written for adults!

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  4. I am in the middle of reading The Lost Hero and I'm loveloveloveing it! I adore Greek nd Roman mythology, especially how they are weaved together.

    And if you like this series definitely check out The Kane Chronicles. I feel that it is a little older in style, just like TLH is written a little older. And it is such a great premise, but the style is different from Percy Jackson.

    Anyway, great review! I'm glad other people are enjoying the book just as much as I am!

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  5. Thanks Eli. I've read The Red Pyramid, and there is a review for it posted here on BCM as well. I am glad to hear you are enjoting this book as well!

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