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Monday, August 22, 2011

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1) 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.

Join new and old friends from Camp Half-Blood in this thrilling first book in The Heroes of Olympus series.

If you're anything like me, finishing a fantastic series can be a bittersweet moment.  It's all over and you know how it all ends, and hopefully all the characters got what they deserved.  Yet it can be very sad*, because you're saying goodbye to all these awesome characters and places you've come to love.

Fortunately, fans of the Percy Jackson books don't have that problem. 

The Lost Hero introduces some fantastic new characters.  I liked Piper, Leo, and Jason.  Even if I guessed their godly parents right away for two of them, I still enjoyed reading about them.  Piper's internal conflicts felt very real, as did her relationship with her father.  She was clever and probably the most sane of the three, and she finally proved the *spoiler alert: highlight to read (deals with what cabin she's in)* Aphrodite cabin's worth.  Jason was probably my least favorite of the three, even if I did like him.  I think we'll get more conflict from him in later books, though, with the Roman god thing.  And Leo was just funny and all-around awesome.

I was happy to see a few familiar faces back at Camp Half-Blood, including Annabeth, which made me happy.  The camp is just as cool as ever, especially with all the new cabins.  I especially liked the Greek-Roman aspect, new to this book.  I was actually hoping Riordan would delve into that for the first series, so I'm eager to see where he goes with it.

Actually, I'm just eager to see where he goes with the entire series.  This was an exciting read, even if the new immortal enemy is kinda stretching it for me.  I really hope this doesn't turn out like Warriors, where as the series progresses, the authors have to stretch farther and the plots just get less original and realistic. But it doesn't matter in the end, because I liked this book anyway.  Fans of Percy Jackson won't be disappointed, unless they were hoping for a bit more Percy monster-bashing.  Though I was glad of the break from him, myself.

Note: I didn't use a category review for this, even if its the first in the series, for a few reasons.  One, it's a Percy Jackson spinoff series, so I've already reviewed Riordan's settings, writing style, etc.  Two, I'm behind on my reviews and this kind doesn't take me as long for whatever reason. 
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