Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan


I know what you’re asking: is this book as epic as it sounds? Yes. It is.



"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."

So I would like to say good job to Mr. Rick Riordan for making a successful spin off of his super popular Percy Jackson series. This, just book, from the get go, is way more complex and complicated. Trust me.
What Riordan does is show how once the Greek civilization started to fall and the Romans took over, who they merely tweaked the Greek gods to fit into their own society. A little history lesson real quick: that’s how a conquering army keep the locals at bay: taking what they know and love already, and just changing it little by little till it is something else completely.

There are appearances by some familiar characters from the Percy Jackson Series, like Annabelle and Chiron. However, the new faces is what this story is about: Jason, Piper, and Leo. All three characters have important roles to play on the quest to search for Hera who has been kidnapped…or goddess-naped…or whatever. The action scenes are amazing and perfect for a little bit of an older crowd than what Percy Jackson was meant for.

The writing style is slightly different, told in third person, each chapter being from the point of view from one of the three main characters. All three have secrets to hide and things they are ashamed of. However, it is those secrets that draw them together and make them not only closer friends and allies, but an amazing team.
Leo was my favorite out of the three, and I think that’s because he was a more ground character. He was just a normal guy from a rough background who was just trying to wrap his head around new information that well, a little crazy to anyone else.

This book is filled with everything a good action adventure story should have: twists and turns of a mystery, a little romance, and a whole lot of amazing action.

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