Friday, June 8, 2012

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
"Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god." (summary from author website)

So, this was the best used book sale score ever! I found a basically new hardcover copy for two dollars and pulled every last quarter and dime out of my wallet to purchase it. I was so excited because I had really wanted to get into this series for awhile after I finished the last book in the Percy Jackson series. I heard the Lost Hero was a spin-off of the Percy Jackson series and wasn’t exactly sure how much the whole Percy Jackson crew would show up in the book.

What I loved the most was that this was a completely new set up for a new series, but that it felt like a natural continuation of the Percy Jackson series. So, when Jason gets to camp he finds that Percy is gone and has to make his own way in the camp. In fact, even cooler is that we discover that the gods have been hiding a huge secret from camp-half blood. The fact that their greek demi-gods have Roman counterparts in California. In order to keep down fighting between the two camps the gods hid them from each other, but now Juno wants to united the camps so that they can fulfill the Prophecy of Seven.

This book had everything that made the Percy Jackson series great, but also gave it a new twist, new awesome characters with interesting backgounds, and more great mythology. I totally loved this book and can’t wait to read more of this series.  
Rick Riordan's Website

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