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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) Paperback – Unabridged, April 3, 2012
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The frustrating part comes in when Riordan hints at Percy, barely touches on Annabeth, and only involves Thalia a little bit in the story. Annabeth shows up at the beginning, and throughout the whole book everyone talks about Percy, but you don't find out what happened to him until the end. And then you're just left worrying about what his experience has been like for the time frame of this book, and won't possibly be able to find out until the next is released next fall. A minor problem, considering this series is supposed to be about a different set of characters, but a frustrating one all the same if you love the original Percy Jackson characters.
Really, this is an amazing book for people of all ages if you like to laugh out loud when you're reading, and enjoy a good adventure story!
In this book you not only get to hear about Greek demigods but Roman demigods as well, and it's like that with the rest of the series because there are 4 demigods from the Greek side and 3 from the Roman side that become friends and get together for a mission to save the world, but even if these seven friends get along not everyone from their two different Halfblood camps can compromise so easily (hint, hint)
With this first new book we are meeting four new characters named Jason, Piper, Leo and Coach Hedge. We also see how much Camp Half-Blood has changed from what it was before. We got a lot more cabins and a lot more campers as well.
We also find out when Annabeth comes to help get Jason, Piper, and Leo to Camp Half-Blood that Percy has been missing for three months. Almost immediately once they land Leo got claimed by his father, Hephaestus, and we find out the Roman form of his is called Vulcan all only because Jason said it. Hmm I wonder with why and how he knows the Roman forms of the gods and goddess's instead of their Greek form?
Later that night Piper got claimed by her mother who is Aphrodite. All throughout the book we learn about a whole lot of stuff on each character including how Jason is Thalia Grace's brother. Toward the end of the book we find out that Jason is a Roman camper but is happy with being at Camp Half-Blood as he has made a lot of new friends and him and Piper are together.
We also find out that Piper's dad is a Cherokee Native American celebrity actor. We also find out that the Earth Mother goddess is trying to wake up and get all of her titan and giant children up again and trying to destroy the world. We also find out about Leo sort of being the one who killed his mom and that he is working on building a flying warship to go to Camp Jupiter to get the other three campers.
This book is a very good one and I love it very much. I love that Mr. Riordan wrote this series in third person but also that every three chapters is of either Jason, Piper, and Leo which is pretty cool as we get to see some things that has been happening with them. I can tell this series is going to be a good one. I am also quite happy to say that I was oh so wrong about this one not being any good at all. Which was my first thought of this series but I am happy to say that I am very wrong and that I can't wait to read and share my thoughts of the other books.
If you like this review you can go to my blog to read some others: http://baronessbooktrove.blogspot.com/
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I LOVE this book! But it seems to go on 4-ever.
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