Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Hardback: 400 pgs
All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.
Congratulations, Rick Riordan, you did it again. The Last Olympian was my favorite book, and I'm not entirely sure if it was because of the abundance of action, there was a war ya know; or the character development, which was beautiful; or the beautiful story arc. Major props.
Like all the other books, there was an obvious spot or two that I had pegged from the beginning, but boy did I not see some of that coming. Harry Potter is all based on a prophecy, but Rowling didn't keep me guessing as to what it all meant or how it was all going to play out (that's not quite what I mean, I don't mean I knew how HP was going to unfold, but I knew the prophecy and I understood it, she kind of spelled it out); Riordan, on the other hand, just keeps you guessing. Who all is the prophecy about? Which roles will they take? How will things turn out? Man if I didn't keep that book on me at all times while I was reading it. No seriously, I took it into my biology final and was reading while she passed out the exam. :)
This book brings everyone together, and I mean everyone, for more than a couple of pages as it was in previous books. Hades actually comes into play, and it was great. Oh man, I loved it. A great way to end the series, though I thought he could have tied the last chapter together a little differently, I have no other comments on the book other than to praise it.
Thank you, Rick Riordan for giving us a fantastic children's series on Greek mythology. I wish I could have read this as a child, and I think more kids will be more open to reading other myths and epic poems later in their lives because of these wonderful books. I really enjoyed them and can't wait to share them with the younger members of my family and all of my friends.