Two Word Review of Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero after I finished the book: Oh. My.
Ok, so this book really had three main characters; Jason, Piper, and Leo. First, we have two chapters from Jason, then two chapters from Piper, then two chapters from Leo, and so forth for the entire book.
- First thing I noticed was that Annabeth seemed majorly out of character, but then I conceded that it may just seem that way because we see her through a different characters eyes. Then I decided that she's out of character in chapter 2.
- Rick Riordan stayed with the pattern the whole way through, which was bad because to fill his two-chapter quota, he might unnecessarily start a new chapter, or make a three-page chapter.
- Another bad thing about two chapters with Jason, two chapters with Piper thing was that sometimes, certain parts of the story would be better if they were told from someone else's point of view.
- There seemed to be a lot of new info in this book, some that even contradicted old information the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. It just looks like he didn't plan it out so well.
- So much of the book felt like it was fan fiction of something, but then again, it may be because it's a new character's POV, so Riordan is using another writing style.
- I often felt like I was dragging myself through out character's chapters just so that I could get to the next character's chapters. Like when you're listening to the radio, enduring a pretty bad song because you know a better one is coming on next.
- It seems our characters take forever to realize something we realized 138 pages ago.
- The new characters are likable.
- An advantage of what I will now start to call the Two Chapter Rule is that each character telling the story has something to add, they each have their own story.
- The plot is rather good.
- The book is fast paced.
- It's addictive at times.
- We find out more about the camp and other cabins and such.
- The ending will make your heart stop.
So, I'm just going crazy sitting here, trying to think of what is going to happen. Because NO ONE HAS READ THE BOOK YET!
So do me a favor and read it already.
Now, there might be some questions about the book, so here are some answers.
(Tiny Spoilers Ahead)
The book starts four months after The Last Olympian ended. The old characters are still in the books, but few of them are shown. The others are not omitted, they just don't appear for one reason or another. The book is 553 pages long.
Jason has no memory.
Percy is missing.
Aphrodite's kids can sometimes "charmspeak."
Hephaestus's kids can sometimes make fire just appear, like that guy in the Fantastic Four.
The Olympians can apparently appear in their Roman or Greek forms.
(MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD)
Thalia has a brother.
Jason is Thalia's brother, but his dad is the Roman form of Zeus, Jupiter, while Thalia's dad was the Greek form, Zeus. Don't know how that works...
Remember how Percy is missing? Well, he's in the Roman form of Camp Half-Blood, over in San Fran. Oh, and he can't remember who he is.
Jason is from the Roman camp, but was sent by Hera to Camp Half-Blood, memory erased, to form bonds with the people there.
Percy was sent to what I will call Camp Romulus by Hera to make bonds there.
The Roman and Greek sides of the family apparently always war against each other every time they make contact with each other.
They must join forces to defeat the new villain.
The new villain is Gaea.
Your Olympic Blogger,