Friday, October 28, 2011

Review: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney/Hyperion
Date Published: May 5, 2009
Rating: 5/5
Climactic battles rage on New York streets in the final book of Rick Riordan's large-scale Olympian series. As Kronos' massive offensive moves towards its ultimate goal, Percy Jackson struggles to comprehend the full meaning of a long-awaited prophecy. A momentous fantasy cycle rumbles to its ominous conclusion.
Oh. My. Gods.
This book grabs you by the seat of the pants and doesn’t let you go for 381 pages. I am not even kidding when I say that this entire book is a battle or prep for THE battle. AND IT IS AWESOME. I don’t know how much time Rick Riordan sat around staring at a map of New York City, thinking ‘how can I make New York City into a battlefield?’ but he did an AH-MAZE-ING job.

After four books, I feel like I kinda understand Rick's story lines, pacing, etc. and this book was no exception. Sure, there were plot twists that threw me so much, I felt like I'd been slammed across the room, but there wasn't a single one that didn't feel completely right. And that's saying something.
Haven't you ever read a book where something happens and you sit there like a frying pan just hit you in the face and you're like 'whoa, where did that come?'. Yes, the frying pan still hits you, but instead you're like 'OMGs. Of COURSE that frying pan was about to hit me! How come I didn't see it beyond those mysterious grey clouds in front of me?'

And Percy! *throws hands around in spastic motions* This kid is king. No, god, NO, demigod. I mean he OWNS IT. In all the ways any one person could possibly OWN a situation. While he is not impervious to absolutely everything that goes on, he handles everything with confidence, swift and grace. I have read a lot of books. A LOT OF BOOKS. And by the end of this book, I am confident in saying that Percy Jackson is my hands-down favorite protagonist ever. Yes, he beats about another middle-grade-to-young-adult multi-book series with a bespectacled male protagonist for my absolute favorite.

Nico talk time! If the last book broke my heart with him, this book made me love him on a whole new level. He’s troubled-angsty boy phase has turned into a snarky, funny teen. Not unlike our favorite protagonist. And yet the two are at a kind of odds and aren’t absolute besties, even if I want them to be. But that makes an even more perfect dynamic for the two. Son of Poseidon, son of Hades. Incredibly powerful, snarky and troublemakers. This sounds like it could be an excellent TV show.

As for my favorite moment? This is actually incredibly hard. Because there were SO MANY parts. How about something that is completely not spoilery:
Pages 135-136. Yes yes yes.
Page 171. Yeeeessssss.
Pages 190-200. Yes yes yes yes yes!
Pages 350-354. YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!
I think that about covers my favorite moments.

I have to finish this by saying that the ending of The Last Olympian might just be the best ending to a series EVER. No exaggeration! It wrapped up everything really, really well, but not so sugary-sweet that it was unbelievable. It was just perfect.

1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure I need to go buy all these now because 1) I super love them and 2) I really want to go reference all those page numbers now :P