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By Rick Riordan The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5) (Reprint) Paperback – 2011
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The crisis is at a climax. The final instalment of the series' overarching story, the survival of Olympus, is the focus of this book. By the time we get to this one there are loads of sub-plots which have been introduced in other books along the way. I found that in some parts it was a bit tricky to remember all of the sub-plot details. But, with a bit of brain power and memory jogging it wasn't really too hard to keep track of everything. Riordan did a great job of tidying up all of these storylines.
During the book before this one I had formed some definite opinions on who I couldn't trust, but as I'm no Sherlock Holmes, my mystery solving weakness showed up and some of them ended up being wrong. I had also formed an opinion of Nico in the previous book (I didn't like him - I don't really know why) and even with the outcome of his story, I still didn't like him. Most of the characters were great to get to know, they each had their own story which evolved and climaxed along the way. One thing though, I didn't really 'get' what Percy's mum's new friend Paul added to the story, or why he was even in there - maybe I missed something. I guess it's these sorts of personal reactions to books and their characters that make books so interesting. Each reader is free to form their own opinion and interpretation. In a nutshell, the main aim of books is to entertain and provide an escape from our daily lives, the PJ series was successful in enabling this to happen.
I would recommend the whole Percy Jackson series to readers who love adventure and action. It has some great humour threaded through it that makes it so relatable to our own modern world.
It was an exciting page turner.
Until...I read the Riordan's acknowledgements page of the book..."As the first Camp Half-Blood series draws to a close, I have so many people to thank."
That sentence from Rick Riordan seems to hint there will be more Camp Half-Blood adventures featuring more demi-gods coming to camp - hopefully Percy and friends will be part of them, but this gives me hope.
The last book of THIS series of books was a non-stop adventure between the kid demi-gods, the gods who are their parents, and the Tital army, moving towards NYC to go up the Empire State Bldg, where Mt. Olympus is hanging way up above it.
The conflicts from all the books, the mythological creatures featured, and the maturing of the characters we have come to love has been masterful. Riordan has done his mythological homework in this series - I am Greek and have studied mythology, and can speak and read Greek, and the wording of the Greek and translations were spot on.
With Percy Jackson, Riordan has brought all things good about the Olympians that the gods and goddesses have seemed to forget - integrity, honor, bravery.
The true reason the Titans got such a big army was from dissatisfied demi-gods who were mistreated and lesser gods who felt they had no sayso in the Pantheon.
It sometimes takes a child to point the way.
If Riordan isn't Greek, to me he's an honorary one!
I look forward to more Camp Half-Blood adventures - with new kids born of gods and goddesses with mortals. And those frisky gods, you know there will be plenty of them!
This series, and particularly this book in such detail integrates all the myths and gods and legends it is mind boggling. But such great fun! Riordon's imagination is stunning!
This is one series that is best read from book 1 on - and what fun that is.
Fantastic read and fantastic series!
While mortals think there's a violent storm system creeping across the Midwest, *we* know that it's really the gods battling Typhon, one of the Titans who has risen up to reclaim his place at the top of the god food chain. But if all the gods are battling Typhon, who's watching out for Olympus (based in the Empire State Building)?! It's Percy and his fellow demigods, youngsters who have experience and passion -- but will that be enough?
Written as a first person narrative, this exciting book teaches a lot about the classical gods without tasting like medicine. The action and humor are ever present, and the characters are a treat. While there is betrayal and adversity and violence, there is no gore or cruelty. I loved the whole series and was really happy with this finish, which offered a plausible solution to the series' loose threads and led to a satisfying conclusion for our heroes.
Well done and highly recommended.
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