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The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo, Book One) (Trials of Apollo, 1) Paperback – October 3, 2017
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About the Author
- Grade level : 5 - 9
- Lexile measure : 680L
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1484746414
- ISBN-13 : 978-1484746417
- Reading level : 10 - 14 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book has Percy for a bit in it, but then it is primarily focused on Apollo and a new demi-god Meg. Like many of Riordian’s past books, the origins of Meg are a bit of a mystery. Uh, I really have to say, there are some hysterical reference in the book that are not entirely based on the knowledge of children in the normal YA range. Shout-out to a Rocky Horror mention! Anyway, the book is enjoyable to read as all the others and is quick.
Apollo is on earth as a mortal, the oracles have stopped prophesizing and there are a lot of tie-in’s to other stories that will emerge in the future, in particular Leo. I was worried that Apollo would annoy me, but his arrogance is amusing, and he has some pretty interesting narratives on his fatherhood, especially being proud of his children’s vanity. As a condition of his time on earth he must serve a demi-God, which is an enjoyable paring to read about and the character of Meg is unique and very strong. There’s still more to learn about her background though, which I am excited for in the future.
I don’t want to give too much away, but the new threat is a bit different from the past and pertains to historical figures, not simply the Gods and Goddesses in the traditional sense. The entire story is told from Apollo’s perspective and it’s kind of nice to have on-going pop-culture references, even as recent as Alabama Shakes.
I highly recommend it! However, wait to read this after you’ve read the other Percy Jackson books!
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My first little love of this book was the chapter beginnings - they all had a small Haiku at the beginning. They were amusing little anecdotes that gave you an idea of what may happen in the chapter you were on, and they will also definitely give you a little smile whenever you start on a new chapter.
When it comes to Apollo as a character he was one of my favourites out of them all - possibly one of my favourites from all the Percy Jackson books. He was funny throughout the whole book, and also gave me a few chuckles (I rarely laugh out loud when reading) and it was great to see his character development as he learnt to be more human - he slowly started to notice mistakes he was making in both his behaviours and actions and he started to change into a better person.
After Harry Potter, it was Percy Jackson that pretty much hooked me - in fact, till today, these two are the only worlds that I will always have an hankering to go back to!
So when Like Queen Rowling, when Uncle Rick comes out with a new series (with a tease about the appearance of Percy Jackson!), you don't say WHATTT?? YOU JUST FREAKING PRE-ORDER THE HELL OUT OF IT :D
And that's exactly what I did! :P
Just a little heads up though, it would be better if you read The Percy Jackson Series and the Heroes of Olympus Series (in THAT EXACT reading order!), for there are characters that make re-appearance (YAY!!) and circumstances that are referred to, that you can only get the reference if YOU HAVE READ the aforementioned series :D
This new series is about the God Apollo, - and when you have a God turned to a whiny, pubsecent teenage boy, you know you have a gold mine in sarcasm, humor and repartee that Uncle Rick is so famous for!
Here's the thing - after a while, all the demi-gods stories tend to blend into one another, even though I adore Percy Jackson and the subsequent Heroes of Olympus Series (I need a re-read!), Sword of The Summer, became my least favorite of all.
But just when I think Uncle Rick has reached his pinnacle, he throws The Hidden oracle at me :P
Apollo isn't much of a human being - suffering from the narcissism and fallacy of being a GOD, he is entitled, whiny and absolutely irritating - AND I LOVED HIM!!
I mean, not as a character, but the fact that Uncle Rick made it so that he was literally unlikable at the start and for most of the story - I am not kidding - Apollo, as a God of Haiku and War was an ass but as a teenage boy, he is absolutely UNBEARABLE!!
For now that he has to survive Zeus's punishment, he has more than a prophecy to fulfill - he has a journey to make and things to understand. - not that he knows this of course.
And Camp Half Blood isn't exactly complete without the appearance of old favorites - seriously, I had tears in my eyes when I realized it was Percy that Apollo went back to for help - though it was weird to view him from a third POV - honestly guys, it was such a trippy experience!! I KID YOU NOT!
For those who believe that Uncle Rick lost his charm after The Sword of Summer (YIKES!) - YOU NEED TO READ THIS - because this book, in my opinion is one of the best works by Uncle Rick - it has a protagonist that you just can't help be irritated with, it has a bit more angsty and a plot that is intended for a bit more mature audiences.
Coupled with the typical snarky Uncle Rick style of writing - you literally have a winner!!