Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book Review: The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)
Rick Riordan
Hyperion Books for Children, 2010
Source: Library
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rick Riordan has succeeded in pulling us into another adventure with new heroes this time around.  He has a knack for revealing just a tid bit more of information about the characters or plot exactly when we need it.  I believe that Rick Riordan is one the masters of storytelling for young people.

In The Lost Hero, we meet three new characters: Jason who doesn’t remember anything, except that something is very wrong, Piper who is carrying a secret she has to keep from her friends, and Leo who has learned about a certain curse that might be centered around him.  It’s not long after they’re brought to Camp Half-Blood that they’re off on a quest to help save the gods, once again.  Along the way, they’ll find out a little about their friends and a lot about themselves as they work to discover the meaning behind this new prophecy that promises a journey to the Doors of Death.

Like I said, I think Rick Riordan is a master story teller.  Kids of all ages will love reading about the three characters, who are all interesting in their own ways.  My favorite character is Leo.  Not only is he funny, I think that he’s really easy to connect to because he isn’t perfect--at all.  He makes a lot of mistakes, says things that he regrets saying almost instantly, and feels a bit like the odd man out in this book.  A lot of kids, and adults, can relate to those feelings a lot more than they might be able to relate to Jason, who seems to fill the role of “hero” with little effort.  Of course, we know he has his own issues, but most of us cannot easily connect to those issues.  I also appreciated Piper because she is a strong female character who is a good person.  She grapples with some personal issues, but she isn’t weak and in need of the males in the book to save her.  She needs their help, yes, but they also need hers in return.  

Get ready for a story of adventure as the first story in the Heroes of Olympus series throws us into a new prophecy that will either help the heroes save Olympus from an ancient evil, or see it destroyed.  If you enjoyed the Percy Jackson Series, then you will definitely want to read The Lost Hero. Based off of this first book, I'm expecting the whole series to be even better!

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