The 13th book I have completed for summer reading is Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series (spin-off of the Percy Jackson series).
The story follows events after the Titan War. Percy Jackson is missing, Olympus is silent, and a kid named Jason wakes up on a school bus in the middle of the desert, sitting between two kids he doesn’t know, and with no memories. Circumstances go from bad to worse as Jason and his two companions, Leo and Piper, are attacked by a wind-spirit while on a field trip. The good news: these three kids are demi-gods. The bad news: The wind-spirits are just the tip of the ice burg.
I don’t really want to give too much more about the plot of this story away if any Riordan newbies like me haven’t read this book yet. The mystery is even more compelling coming into the story blind. This book was a fun and engaging read, and the characters were likable and relatable. This first book in the series is certainly a worth-while read.
The book differs from the original Percy Jackson series in an immediately noticeable way. This story, unlike the Percy Jackson books, is not written in first-person, but in third-person limited. Because of this choice, Riordan is able to write the story from three different perspectives almost seamlessly. The chapters shift back and forth between Jason, Leo, and Piper’s perspectives, a choice that would be overly ambitious if the book were less engaging and organized. As it stands, though, the book is well-balanced and reads well.
I had one pseudo-problem with this book: it was WAY too long. I think that was partly because I have been used to reading shorter books this summer, but the book is actually 576 pages long. That’s longer than Moby Dick (though arguably much more enjoyable). The book being long is exactly a true problem, but I was not ready to commit a whole week and a half to a book when I picked it up, so that’s my own fault.
Anyone out there read this book? If so, thoughts? If not, do you think you’d like it? Happy Reading!
Regina, The Pensive Ponderer