Author: Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus
Published October 12th 2010 by Hyperion Books for Children
Source of copy: Bought at Barnes and Noble
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.
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I was so excited when I found out this series was going to be out. I loved Percy Jackson and I did not want his story to end, so when I heard his world was not over I was extremely excited! That aside... After reading this book I was a little sad. Percy did not feature in this story much. Sure he was mentioned but not as a main character. That sadness lasted all of two seconds. Riordan has yet to disappoint in a story and he didn't on this one either.
The characters in this story were captivating. The action and adventure are still there as in all of Riordan's great books. I think my favorite this about this book is how Riordan brings two epic mythologies and meshes them so well. It's fun and exciting. Just when you think you get Riordan's greatness he comes out with something more epic than before. (I wonder if I can use the word epic a few more times...?)
I really can't wait to read the next installment of this series! I am very curious to see where this series leads us. I would try to predict it but Riordan always surprises me.