Saturday, July 14, 2012

Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus Book 1)

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.

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


Never, ever read a book by Rick Riordan unless you have time to finish it. Otherwise, you'll be thinking about the book and wondering what's going to happen next when you should be doing something else.

I am a huge fan of the Percy Jackson books, so that made me both excited and leery to read this latest installment. Would The Lost Hero be just as good? I was not disappointed. Once again, Riordan shows what a genius he is. There is so much history and information, but I never feel like I'm reading a textbook.

The Lost Hero is written from the point of view of Jason, Pyper and Leo. This can be challenging, but I had no problem effortlessly moving from one character to another. Their personalities are so different without being cliche. 

There are equal parts humor, wit, adventure and a tiny bit of romance splashed in. The story line is confusing at times, simply because the main character doesn't remember who he is. We have to put the pieces together the same time that he does. It adds to the experience because we have a small sense of his frustration. There were also times when I felt like this was one giant introduction, but in a way it is.

We see  some of our old favorites from the Percy Jackson books. While this book is not necessarily a sequel, it will make a lot more sense and be more enjoyable if the reader has read the Percy Jackson series.

I'm already nose deep in the next installment and loving it.

  • Reading level: Ages 10 and up
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
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Dena said...

I loved the Percy Jackson series. I can't wait to read this new series!

KT said...

I liked this one too! I am excited for the third one to come out this fall. I didn't even mind that there were multiple points of view (something that usually really bugs me).

Did you read his egyptian trilogy? I slogged through the first, but haven't bothered with the rest. I didn't find it nearly as fun.