The Lost Hero
The Heroes of Olympus #1
Book 2: The Son of Neptune
Author: Rick Riordan [also wrote the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, along with The Red Pyramid]
Pages [hardcover]: 553
Memorable Quote: “Can we just call them storm spirits?” Leo asked. “Venti makes them sound like evil espresso drinks.”
Favorite Characters: Leo & Jason
Book 1 in the Heroes of Olympus series!
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.
Join new and old friends from Camp Half-Blood in this thrilling first book in The Heroes of Olympus series.
I’ve had this book on my TBR pile ever since it was released, but never got around to reading it until last week. I’m not sure why-maybe because I knew I’d have to wait another year for book 2 to come out? That’s probably it. Because now I’ll be tortured by the immense amount of time between now and next fall.
This book had me from the start. Jason, an amnesiac turned hero, wakes to find himself on a bus, surrounded by people he doesn’t recognize, going to who knows where. His memories are gone; he doesn’t even remember his last name.
Some old faces are back, Annabeth and Thalia included. It was nice to get a mix of the old and the new, spicing it up a little while not completely letting go of the characters that made me love Camp Half-Blood in the first place.
Once I finally started reading, I couldn’t stop. Like the Percy Jackson series, the entire book is an adventure, filled with marvelous villians, unexpected plot twists, and quotes worth rolling on the floor laughing for. I love Mr. Riordan’s sense of humor; it’s one of the things that first attracted me to the series. I wanted to read more of that.
While I’m furious at the wait, I’m delighted by this book. It’s crazy and awesome (crawsome?), funny and sad, sweet and sour. It has a little bit of everything, all mixed up into one delicious novel. I can’t wait to read more about these characters, their quest, and Camp Half-Blood. I give The Lost Hero 5/5 stars. If you haven’t read it, you’re definitely missing out.