My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: I really liked it!
What it’s about:
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 about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, 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, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?
My thoughts (spoiler-free):
“Maybe people with special gifts show up when bad things are happening because that’s when they’re needed most.”
It only took me about 7 years, but I finally, finally started this series! A big thank you to Uma of Books. Bags. Burgers for suggesting a buddy read to get me to finally stop procrastinating!
The Lost Hero takes place in the world of Percy Jackson, a few months after the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series has ended. Except, instead of Percy, Annabeth and Grover, we now follow a completely different trio: Jason, Piper and Leo. We also have a completey new prophecy, new adventures, new villains and lots of mystery. Also, Percy himself is missing…
Let’s talk characters first, shall we? One of my favorite changes in this new series has been the inclusion of multiple POV’s as it allowed us to really get to know all three main characters so well. Though I must admit that I started the book missing Percy’s voice a lot. He is one of my all-time favorite main characters, so I was a bit worried if I could grow to like all these new characters instead. But I shouldn’t have worried.
I especially fell in love with both Piper and Leo immediately. Piper is feisty, strong and very caring. I loved her relationship with her dad and her interactions with her cabin mates. Leo is smart, sassy and funny and I loved his thoughts and his relationship with his pet dragon. Well, most of my favorite quotes are Leo, so that’s saying something. Jason was my least favorite of the three, even though he grew on me. He felt really bland, lacking in personality and just your standard great hero to me. But of course, this probably had a lot to do with his amnesia so I’m still giving him the benefit of the doubt for the rest of the series and I’m sure I’ll grow to love him as well. On top of the new trio, we also get to meet some of the characters from the previous series again and boy, you have no idea how happy that made me! I just love these characters so much, I could read about them forever.
The world building is of course another great point of Rick Riordan books. He already created such an amazing world with Percy Jackson and the Olympians and he just keeps surprising me by expanding the world even more. More gods, more villains, more myths, more creatures, more surprises, more mystery,… There’s just so much more, more, more! Though I can’t go into details because of spoilers (though really, this has been out for 7 years already. I can’t believe I managed not to get spoiled myself), I loved the way Rick Riordan expanded the mythology. He had me guessing and speculating throughout the entire book, and when the ending came it all felt so obvious and clear, like I should have thought about this from the beginning. But I didn’t so I still got the surprise effect!
The writing style and the plot are similar to Percy Jackson. If you loved that series, I’m pretty confident you’ll love this book as well. I mean, what’s not to love about a couple of demigods going on a quest together, meeting monsters and gods along the way, getting themselves in lots of dangerous situations, with a ton of humor thrown in? Sure, the premise is pretty familiar, but that doesn’t make it any less fun.
I just must recommend this book to anyone who loved the Percy Jackson series and wants more. Though it’s not my favorite Rick Riordan yet, I’m pretty confident the rest of the series will only get better and better so I’m saving my five-star rating just a tiny bit longer.
“Jason scratched his head. “You named him Festus? You know that in Latin, ‘festus’ means ‘happy’? You want us to ride off to save the world on Happy the Dragon?”
“It’ll be dangerous,” Nyssa warned him. “Hardship, monsters, terrible suffering. Possibly none of you will come back alive.”
“Oh.” Suddenly Leo didn’t look so excited. Then he remembered everyone was watching. “I mean… Oh, cool! Suffering? I love suffering! Let’s do this.”
“What about a compromise? I’ll kill them first, and if it turns out they were friendly, I’ll apologize.”
“Destroy it?’ Leo was appalled. ‘You’ve got a life-size bronze dragon, and you want to destroy it?’
‘It breathes fire,’ Nyssa explained. ‘It’s deadly and out of control.’
‘But it’s a dragon!”