Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Last Olympian

Riordan, Rick. 2009. The Last Olympian. (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #5) Disney/Hyperion. 381 pages.

The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car. Up until then, I was having a great afternoon.

Percy Jackson's sixteenth birthday is approaching--and fast--soon the Great Prophecy will be fulfilled. Not understanding just what his destiny holds, Percy and his friends are fighting with all their might to save the world as they know it. To save Olympus--a.k.a. Manhattan--from the Titans--led by Kronus--who would destroy it. Percy, in case you're just getting caught up, is a demi-god. He's got an all-too-mortal mother and a god of a father--Poseidon. He's not alone. There are plenty of other demi-gods (on both sides of the war I might add) with various gods (and goddesses) as parents. All with different strengths and weaknesses. Different temptations. Percy and his closest friends--Annabeth especially--face some difficult choices in this final book of the series.

For those that need a refresher course, the first four books are The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, and The Battle of the Labyrinth.

Why I love this series:

They're funny.
They're clever.
They're action-and-adventure packed.
They're also packed with mythology. In a fun way. An inviting way.
They're addictive.
They're unputdownable.
They're just as fun to reread as they are the first time around. (How many books can you really and truly say that about?!)

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Unknown 4:17 PM  

Oh I love those first couple of lines, this sounds like a series I would enjoy. Great review!!

Unknown 7:26 PM  

I've bought it, but can't bring myself to start it yet. Once I start that means it's close to being over. :( I hate the ending of a good series.

Confuzzled Shannon 10:11 PM  

I thought this came out the 9th I will have to get it at the book store tomorrow.

Amy 11:12 PM  

My 13 year old daughter LOVES this series. Like you said she reads them over and over again! She discovered them at a time when she really wasn't reading for fun anymore. Now her only problem is finding a series she likes as well!

DesLily 6:16 AM  

*can you hear the loud groan?*.. I really want this whole series.. and you sure aren't helping me any! lol..

Inquirer 7:13 AM  

We were lucky enough to see Rick Riordan on Wednesday at a book signing ... and then we devoured the book. My 6 year old is going a little slower, but my 9 year old finished it in a day.

Read our reivew at our blog ...

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 7:18 AM  

I'm dying to read this book....must wait...This is my un-birthday month and it might be on its way to me....

Hazra 7:37 AM  

Hey, I love the cover! You can guess what the story's going to be about without reading the synopsis.

Unknown 8:31 AM  

Amanda: read it. It's not as over as you think. (A great ending, actually.)

Becky: I've been waiting for someone else to finish this so I'd have someone to "talk" to about it... except, we'd spoil everything for everyone else, wouldn't we? :) I agree with the wanting to re-read: I could have started it over from the beginning as soon as I finished it, except I had two girls waiting (eagerly and impatiently) for me to finish.

M said that she thinks that this series has the makings of a true classic -- something like the Prydian books, or Dark is Rising series... ones that people will pick up and read again and again and again. (And you're right: how many books can you say that about?)

Debi 11:18 AM  

I really need to make these a priority. I've been wanting to start them for ages, but just can't seem to get around to them. Annie absolutely adores these. And actually I don't think I've ever read a bad word about them. Oh, what I might do for just ten more hours in a day...

Unknown 2:00 PM  

I just read this too! I love this series. I find myself laughing out loud when I read them. So great!

Anonymous,  10:35 AM  

I love this series! It's not only fasinating in the Greek Mythology but funny too! I love the characters and all of the cool situations they are put into! It's funny... when I looked around my classroom yesterday like a third of the class was reading the last book and another third was reading another one of the books of the series! And then about 1/5 of the class was done reading the series!

Anonymous,  6:42 PM  

I love this book you are physically unable to put it down. My sister who is in 6th Grade hates reading and when the lightning theif book became a school requirement and she had to read it she was unable to put it down. When we were on vacation you always saw her with a book in her hand and now she has read every book in the series. I am getting her more envolved with books and she is becoming more and more like me; a bookoholic

Anonymous,  6:14 PM  

I love this series and have read the books many times. I think it has a good ending and is very suspenseful at times.

HAJI,  12:50 AM  

i just finished listening to the audio book as i could not get around to the hard cover and let me tell u this and only this: it was a mind blowingly awesome ending but way to suspenseful ; -SPOILER-ALERT-{like its just cruel leaving the series in such an interesting cliff hanger!}

Yeah I'm not suggesting reading the book or saying it was not enjoyable but it hurts finishing a series so quickly;
I just wish the author would make the series longer but without ruining it like what happened to the harry potter series;

Anonymous,  4:12 AM  

The Last Olympian is a great book to read. I really liked it a lot. The story was well written and the characters are well developed. I could see myself in the story. There were many intense action parts in the book.there was also much suspense.

Mr. J0n3s

Unknown 12:22 PM  

The Last Olympian is truly a true ending of this book series. i started reading this series in late December, and it's truly something that you must read.

Anonymous,  9:47 AM  

okay so basicaly i started truely reading this series 2 and a half weeks ago, and i just got done reading the last book about 10 minutes ago. this series is so hard to put down. i loved reading it. it was harder to put down than the harry potter series which i tought was amazing. every time i picked this book up i want to read for longer than i should. as soon as I got done with my homework i waould start on this series

Anonymous,  3:52 PM  

I thought the book was very good. I didn't like the part how Percy kept on thinking that he was the hero. I think Percy should be less selfish. I also thought the part when he declined to become immortal was just downright cheesy and only for romance lovers. So this is what I think!

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