If you have been reading and following my blog since the start, you’re probably aware now that I am a huge fan of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It’s seriously one of the best books I’ve read after Harry Potter, I instantly loved it! Naturally, when I found out that Riordan is writing a new series which takes place at Camp Half Blood, I knew need to get a copy of it one way or another.
Before I continue with my review, I want to inform everyone that this is a NON-SPOILER FREE REVIEW. I’m sorry, I can’t help it. I am going on an all out fangirling mode here so please, if you’re planning to read this book stay away from my review because I don’t want to ruin the experience for you. But if you’ve already read it, feel free to join me in fangirling!
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Published date: October 12, 2010
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper. His best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids”, as Leo puts it. What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea — except that everything seems very wrong.
Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, 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.
The Lost Hero is the first book from Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. My first impression when I saw the cover of the book was it’s going to be a wild ride of adventure which what makes me genuinely love Riordan. Speaking of the book cover, I personally think it’s awesome, it’s very striking. I think anyone who walks into a bookstore and spotted The Lost Hero on a shelf will have the instant temptation to grab one–where on earth that metal dragon came from and why are there three kids on top of him, where are they going? What’s their adventure going to be about?
The synopsis of the story itself was very promising, I was instantly intrigued by the story just by reading it. And I’m going to state the obvious, Riordan is definitely one of the most engaging story-teller I’ve come across with. The writing is simple, fluid yet absolutely engrossing—that’s Riordan’s style. He has an effortless yet distinct way of story-telling which is fitting for reading junkies of all ages.
As I have mentioned, I was excited to read The Lost Hero, having said that, I will not deny that I was also a bit (just a teenie tiny bit) nervous about it either. Why? Beacause Percy Jackson is such an incredible series and I love it so much that I was scared that maybe The Lost Hero may botch it in a way considering The Lost Hero is a succeeding series after Percy Jackson. But when I finally started to get around with the story, I realized that Riordan was able to add distinctive flavors in The Lost Hero—something that will let the readers differentiate the two series and even though it was set at Camp Half Blood as well and there were some familiar characters re-entering the scene once in awhile, it was Jason, Leo and Piper’s story.
Unlike in Percy Jackson which was written in first person, The Lost Hero was written a third person point of view. I actually thought it was going to be told in a first person and it would be Jason’s but apparently I was wrong. The story was told in an alternating point of views by the three main characters which are Jason, Leo and Piper. I’m not complaining, by the way. In fact, I loved it. I was able to connect with the three main characters in a personal way, not just in one particular character, plus, the readers are also able to see the characters in another character’s point of view. I hope that make sense.
The plot of the story is absolutely thrilling, I don’t know what to expect at all. Riordan’s idea of clashing the Greeks and Romans literally took my breath away, I did not see that coming at all! Amazing! The ending of the book, in which Jason revealed that he and Percy switched places (Jason in Camp Half Blood, Percy is in Camp Jupiter) my jaw literally dropped there, too.
As for the characters, I really liked the chemistry between the three main characters. My most favorite character in this book, though, is Leo Valdez. Oh my God, this boy had me laughing since the start of the book. He’s extremely hilarious, along with Coach Hedge. They really made the story super fun to read! I have also mentioned that there are going to be familiar faces in this story like Annabeth, Rachel Dare and Thalia. Personally, I’m really happy that Thalia seemed to have a bigger part in this story (so far) because I seriously love this girl. I think I like her more than Annabeth if I’m going to be honest. And I know that she’s already part of the Hunters but I’m still hoping for Thalia and Leo to get together because I think they’re cute and I want Leo to be happy. I also totally ship Jason and Piper and I don’t care who this Reyna girl is. I was also looking forward into seeing Percy again but then I’ll probably see him on the next book, Son of Neptune. I was surprised to see Annabeth a bit exposed and lost when Percy went missing, which means she really cares about Percy which makes me love them more! Ugh, I need to get my copy of the second book (and maybe the third book as well).
I think you already know what rating I’ll give for this one. It’s definitely 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this to all hardcore Percy Jackson fans, if you guys are still wary, don’t be, The Lost Hero will not disappoint!