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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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Gr 5-9-This book will delight fans of The Lightning Thief (Hyperion, 2005) as Percy, Annabeth, and others play roles in the new prophecy and its subsequent quest. A few months after The Last Olympian (Hyperion, 2009) ends, Jason wakes up on a bus filled with problem kids from the Wilderness School who are headed to the Grand Canyon. He has no memory of his previous life, but seems to be with his girlfriend, Piper, and his best friend, Leo. The action takes off quickly: storm spirits attack them and capture their coach, who turns out to be a Satyr. Searching for Percy, who is missing, Annabeth arrives and takes the three to Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods. Their parents are gods in their Roman rather than Greek personae. By sunset of the solstice in three days, the teens must rescue Hera, Queen of the gods, or Porphyrion, the giant king created to destroy Zeus and unseat the gods of Olympus, will rise. Their quest takes them across the United States, sometimes flying on a mechanical, 60-foot dragon, as they use their power and wits against Medea, King Midas, and the giant cannibal Enceladus. Riordan excels at clever plot devices and at creating an urgent sense of cliff-hanging danger. His interjection of humor by incongruous juxtaposition-Medea, for example, heads up a New York City department store-provides some welcome relief. The young heroes deal with issues familiar to teens today: Who am I? Can I live up to the expectations of others? Having read the first series is helpful but not essential, and the complex plot is made for sequels.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Readers longing for a return to Camp Half-Blood will get their wish in the first novel of the Heroes of Olympus series, which follows Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and includes some of the same characters in minor roles. The new cast features Jason, Piper, and Leo, teen demigods who are just coming to understand and use their unique abilities as they learn how much depends upon their wits, courage, and fast-developing friendship. Setting up the books to come, the backstory of a master plan to unseat the gods is complex but is doled out in manageable bits with a general air of foreboding. Meanwhile, the action scenes come frequently as the three heroic teens fight monstrous enemies in North American locales, including the Grand Canyon, Quebec City, Detroit, Chicago, Omaha, Pikes Peak, and Sonoma Valley. Flashes of humor lighten the mood at times, but a tone of urgency and imminent danger seems as integral to this series as the last. With appealing new characters within a familiar framework, this spin-off will satisfy the demand for more. Grades 4-8. --Carolyn Phelan
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As for if I would recommend this book, I'd say it's worth a try. :-)
Jason the main character in the book wakes up on a school bus filled with delinquent kids that are going on a field trip to an historical site. He Makes friends with Piper and leo, who think they have been friends for months. Here on the field trip he has his very first fight that doesn’t end so well. He then finds camp halfblood, a camp for greek demigods, and goes on a quest where is most likely to die. But the entire time piper has a big secret that either kills her or her best friends. Loe also has a big secret that is a bad omen, which means he is more than likely going to be the cause of many deaths. Battle after battle the three try to succeed on their quest. Until the final battle where they are sure to lose and fail saving the world.
I started reading the book because I loved the percy jackson series. I had only one doubt about the book. I didn’t like how they had new character. I thought that the entire book was going to be horrible. But in the end I liked it just the same. I liked how it brought in new characters and used most of the characters in the Percy Jackson series. It was one of the best books I have ever read. Almost every time I stopped to do something else I couldn’t wait to read more. This is one of the series I recommend. You definitely need to get this book. Written by Camden, 7th grade
Well, maybe a little of both reasons, perhaps, time .... and bridging of worlds & traditions .... being reasons why 4*, rather than 5*, for me.
Interesting, the themes of families divided, resonating throughout the book.
(Will add lists of gods and other immortals prominent in the book, later)