Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Published by Hyperion Books
Date Published: October 12, 2010
Rating: 4/5

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god.
Oh my gods. How do I start this? First of, I have to say that I ADORE the Percy Jackson series. With a particular overwhelming fondness for my first favorite protagonist, Percy Jackson. I join the ranks of 12 year old boys around the world, I know. I do not care. Secondly, I'm going to have to bring up Percy Jackson a lot up in this. I know, it's a different series, but it's like a spin off show. The world we know is based off Percy Jackson and therefore it's hard to think Camp Half Blood without Percy Jackson attached to it.

So, I was a little hesitant to start this series cause I knew it was Percy's world with less Percy. In fact, none of actual Percy. Instead of the three characters we've come to know and love, we get Jason, Piper and Leo, all demigods.

Unlike the PJ series, we hop around from all 3 POVs. Which is definitely for the best. Upon waking up, Jason doesn't remember who he is. And I found it harder to like him because I couldn't quite connect to him. Percy was easy. Funny, a little dopey, a tad hopeless and a past that made him real and well-rounded. Jason's not. Jason's formal, a bit more formidable and learning things as he goes, which can be disconcerting for readers. Even at the end I felt that he was kinda 2D. However, Leo and Piper are not. Much more human. Leo is actually quite Percy-esque. Most of the moments I laughed or smiled were from Leo, or Coach Hedge later on.

And as far as the world goes, it is different. My brain spouted up with a the term 'Super Demigods'. It seemed like all of the demigods in this book were suped up in some way. Differently than we've ever seen before. At the moment, I'm not sure how I feel like this. One the one hand, it is wicked cool. On the other hand, I now have to address my other fears.

In my mind, Percy Jackson is king. He is THE demigod. And then here come these new demigods, with weird, special powers and I can't help but feel that Riordan is trying to make these guys greater than Percy. But here's the undeniable fact: NO ONE is greater Percy Jackson. Therefore, I am torn. In short, I WILL be devouring Son of Neptune to know what happens next. My favorite outcome? Super Percy. All kinds of yes.

My rays of hope come in the form of the amount of the presence PJ characters. All the connections in there. It might not be the "Percy Jackson series" anymore, but it doesn't mean that they aren't going to be there at all. And that is encouraging. I don't think there are any characters I don't like in PJATO, and that makes me hopeful for the future.

Now, if you're actually reading this, I commend you for sticking with my insanely long, partially fangirly review. Overall, this book is slightly more grown up in the tone and a little less humorous (can I just say that, I lamented over the lack of HILARIOUS chapter titles? I did. I miss those), but it left me with an overwhelming feeling of "this changes EVERYTHING." I really, really cannot wait for the next book and I will pull a reading it one day, not stopping for anyone, or anything when I get my paws on it.


  1. Good thoughts! I *loved* Percy Jackson. This is on my TBR list.

  2. I completely agree - Percy IS king. I've had this book for months on my shelf, and I'm too afraid to read it. I'm scared that it's going to mess up the original series and try to outdo it...which of course, cannot be done. But if someone who loves Percy as much as I do can like it, then I guess it's time for me to give it a go. I'll miss Percy's humour though. Thanks for the review!

  3. I'm reading this book now. I know how you feel about being a little weary. I loved the Percy Jackson books so much I was scared about this book. I also believe that Percy Jackson is the best so I'm not quite sure what to think of the new extremely powerful demi-gods.

  4. I *Loved* Percy Jackson too! I have this book on my shelf to read now but I have been putting it off, kinda thinking that it just wouldn't be as good as 'Percy'. Looks like I'm going to move this further up on my 'to read' list.
    Great review!