Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Review: Percy Jackson Book 5

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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.
While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time. In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

My Thoughts:

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.


Talli Roland said...

Sounds interesting. Not my usual thing, I must admit, but I might check it out. Thanks!

Matthew Rush said...

My daughter owns the whole series and I usually read everything she reads so I do intend to get to this - just haven't managed to find the time yet. Argh!

Elizabeth Briggs said...

This was also my favorite of the series. I saw his new book in Borders and it looks pretty good (love Egyptian mythology) - but it is gigantic (over 500 pages!). I can't wait for the new Camp Half Blood series too, which comes out later this year I think.

Lydia Kang said...

This really makes me want to finish the series. Great review!

Jemi Fraser said...

My students love these books. I'm hoping all my copies don't walk away before the summer so I'll have a chance to read them :)

Amanda J. said...

I think it's one of those great summer reads where you just want something good and fun and quick.

I'm definitely looking forward to his other stuff, especially the new Egyptian myth series. The first book of that was just released and it's The Red Pyramid, and I'm looking forward to the other Camp Halfblood series. :)

Jen said...

I have managed to miss this book, I really need to read this book especially after the rating you gave!

kanishk said...

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Time4u Book Review said...

Read the whole series now and enjoyed them all. Great stuff from riordan.


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