Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review - The Lost Hero


Title - The Lost Hero (Heros of Olympus Book 1)
Author - Rick Riordan
Genre - YA/Fantasy
Pages - 553
ISBN - 0307711773

Description (From Goodreads)

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.


The Lost Hero starts off with Jason, Piper and Leo as they are carted to 'wilderness camp' a place for 'bad kids' and Jason has amnesia. Soon after arriving at the Grand Canyan the three are attacked by Venti and thier camp consular (who is actually a satyr) is abducted. Magically they are whisked to Camp Half-Blood, and thus begins thier adventure.

The Lost Hero brings back alot of what the Percy Jackson series introduced: Greek Gods, nasty monsters and great quests. Hera is stolen and a great evil is about to be unleashed, its up to Jason, Piper and Leo to save the day. The action really never stops in the book and i think thats why i am so in love with Riordans writting style, its always exciting and keeps you guessing.

This time we are also introduced to the Roman aspects of the Greek gods, while this is a nice change.. it was a little confusing, and i am far more interesting in the Greek aspects rather than Roman. It does however, add an extra bit of flaire towards the end when it all gets metted out and the story really gets interesting.

Jason is supposidly the hero of this book but i found myself liking Leo alot more, sure hes a clown but hes a loyal one and his backstory is trajic and i just wanted to hug him. Piper is also interesting, her backstory isnt nearly so tragic but still good. The host of new campers adds charm and we get to see some old favorites: Chiron, Rachel, Annabeth.. however someone is missing.. Percy! Thats right, no Percy this round, but im sure he will show up eventually. The Lost hero has all the goodness of the Percy Jackson, plus a sixty foot bronze dragon. If you enjoyed the Percy Jackson series your sure to enjoy this one.

1 Comment:

  1. Lisa said...
    I really enjoyed this book too. I love the Percy Jackson series and I was happy we got to see some of our old Camp Half-Blood friends. I also didn't connect with Jason as much as I did with Leo and Piper.

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