Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Lost Hero (MG)

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (#1 Heroes of Olympus) 2010. Hyperion. 576 pages.


Even before he got electrocuted, Jason was having a rotten day.

I had my doubts. Even though it's Rick Riordan, I had my doubts. How could The Lost Hero hope to compete with The Lightning Thief. It could be good, it could even be really good. But how could it really compare with such a great book?! For me, that was THE best book, the one that was the best of them all. Yes, the series as a whole was a good adventure, but the first one? Well it was OH-SO-MAGICAL!

I was surprised by how much I loved this one. I thought it was a great read. Compelling, exciting, and magical!!! It has multiple narrators. Now practically every book with multiple narrators has me sharing with you how much I really don't like that element in books, but with this one it WORKED and worked well. It didn't feel awkward or silly like it does in Rick Riordan's other series--The Kane Chronicles, The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire.

Our narrators, our heroes and heroines, are Jason, Piper, and Leo. Two have been under the protection of Coach Hedge, the third appears out of nowhere on a school field trip. The mist effecting everyone's memories--even Piper and Leo. (Piper just KNOWS that Jason has been her boyfriend for weeks. She can almost remember every moment they've ever shared.) But trouble is coming and the three will have to fight to survive long enough to reach the safety of Camp Half-blood. To complicate matters, Jason has NO MEMORY at all of who he is or where he came from.

So the book does feature a quest, and it is EXCITING. I won't go into the details of this one. Chances are if you're familiar with Percy Jackson and his series, then you'll want to read this new series anyway. And if you haven't read Percy Jackson yet, if you've yet to discover the joys of The Lightning Thief, then this is NOT the place to start your journey with Rick Riordan.

© 2011 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

4 comments:

Caren Kristine 9:31 PM  

i was wondering if this was a good book. Thanks for the review.

thereadingpanda 10:38 PM  

Having multiple narrators is so hit or miss. It can add a lot of depth or it can just make the story feel choppy. I am glad to hear it worked in this one.

semesterofhades 8:00 PM  

I love The Lost Hero. I personally wasn't sure how I would feel about the multiple narrators but ended up loving. I just started The Son of Neptune and already can't wait to finish it!

Faith 10:22 PM  

The moment I got The Lost Hero, I knew that this is going to be made into a movie. The book itself is a page turner and I can't seem to get enough of it!

Honestly, I am really not well versed with Greek Mythology but since I'm in the middle of wanting to know more about it, Lost Hero is the perfect book for me at this time.

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