Review: The Lost Hero

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Hyperion

Series: Heroes of Olympus Book #1

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Adventure

Rating:  4/5 

Recommendation: Ages 12+

From the Author’s Website:

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.

It took me way too long to pick up this book. To be fair I got aboard the Percy Jackson bandwagon a little late and was able to read all of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books back to back. This was right before The Lost Hero was released, I loved Percy’s ending, and was afraid I wouldn’t be able to fully enjoy Riordan without Percy and Annabeth. I should have known better. For one thing, some of our old friends are back in this spinoff series, for another, Riordan hasn’t let me down yet.

The Good:

  • I really enjoyed all of the new characters, especially Piper, and was excited to see us getting alternating chapters focusing on each of our three new heroes. While Jason’s clearly a leader I was glad that Piper and Leo got equal screen time and equally interesting stories. They’re a very likeable group with different enough personalities to help them stand out among old favorites.* They each have secrets and struggles both dramatic and relatable, and are generally fun to read about.
  • The prophecy of the Seven (you may remember it mentioned from the Percy books) takes center stage here it’s foreboding and mysterious enough to keep you guessing. With the underworld playing a part, and the big bad being someone who even the gods are terrified of, this book echoes the darker tone and higher stakes of The Last Olympian while bringing its own brand of struggles and trials for each of the new characters.
  • I’m so excited that we’re getting some new female characters in this series in addition to old favorites, and Riordan excels at bringing in diverse characters.

The Less Good:

  • *My biggest issue with this book was Jason’s character, he reminded me so much of Percy that it’s hard to separate the two for me. I’m interested to see how this plays out when the characters finally meet, and I’m hoping to get a little more individuality and growth with our two noble heroes.

Overall I would highly recommend The Lost Hero. Fans of Riordan and Percy will not be disappointed, and YA Fantasy and Adventure fans should definitely give this series a shot. It is probably not necessary to have read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series before reading this one, but it would certainly help as there are many recurring characters and many events from that series are referenced.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Erin on December 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I really liked the second book in this series! I thought it was better than the first one. It follows Percy and what is going on with him and it really pulls the two stories together. I can’t wait until the next one!


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