Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan

Publisher: Hyperion

Goodreads Summary:
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.

I was really surprised when I heard about this book a couple of weeks prior to release day. As a bookseller, I cannot believe this escape my notice. I did hear rumors floating around about a new series that features more Camp Half-Blood, but I thought it was just whimsical whisperings due to people's love of the Percy Jackson series. But I am glad that Riordan revisits Camp Half-Blood and the characters from his previous series - Percy Jackson, Thalia, Annabeth.

The Lost Hero focuses on three new characters - Jason, Piper and Leo and the story switches off from each of their voices. While these three are the focal persons of the story, Annabeth and other loved characters from the Percy Jackson series appear as secondary characters. Since the story is set a few months after the end of The Last Olympian, I would heavily recommend reading the Percy Jackson series before starting this one. I was initially disappointed that it wasn't a focus on the much loved characters in his past series, but as the story went on, I started liking and rooting for these characters.

I'm not going to go into detail about the story much because I don't want this to be one of those reviews that blow some of the adventures. I went into this with no prior readings of reviews and stuff, except for the jacket description and it was a joy imagining their adventures and quests with no expectation about when is this going to happen or when does this character appear. And I want other readers to have the same experience. So I'm just going to say, when I started reading I slipped seamlessly back into the world Riordan created and had a blast being a viewer to their daring pilgrimage.

Book Source: borrowed from work

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