Title:The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Number of pages: 557 pages
What the blurb says:
“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 about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, 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, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?
Jason, Piper and Leo are three demigods that have been selected to start a very dangerous quest in order to save Olympus and the Gods. Since a month ago Olympus has been shut down, no communications between the Gods and their children are allowed. Something dangerous and very old has awaken and is threatening the lives of the Gods and the world itself. To avoid this Jason, Piper and Leo have to start a quest based on an ancient prophecy, altogether trying to figuring out why Jason’s memory was wiped out, who has Piper’s father and who is the woman visiting Leo?Will they be able to stop whatever is threatening or will they perished trying? Is this danger worse that the Titans war?
I picked up this book because I had been reading the same genre for quite a bit and I needed something different or I would have fallen into a reading slump. I heard many good things about this and the Percy Jackson series and about Rick Riordan books in general, so I wanted to give it a try. It was quite a while since I started to read a series and I wasn´t disappointed at all. Even though I hadn´t read the Percy Jackson series it wasn´t a problem to follow the story.
One of the things that I loved about the Lost Hero is the plot itself. It is twisted and thrilling and it has a lot of mythology. I liked how Greek and roman mythology were mixed into the story with a modern perspective. The stories of mythology are very well merged with a variety of characters being introduced.
Another element that I loved, and was surprised about it, was the three point of view narrator. So the story jumps between the different points of view of Jason, Piper and Leo telling parts of the story. At first I was dubious about this way of telling it but in the end it was something that make it better, and enables you to get to know better the main characters and their personalities.
Another element that I have to mention is the characters, I think that each one adds something to the group. We have Leo, the funny guy, used to get out of trouble by making people laugh makes him say sometimes inappropiate things, but you can’t help to laugh.Though he starts like the “clown” of the group you can see later that he is smart and powerful. Then there is Jason, the leader, he doesn´t have his memories but he knows a lot of things and he is willing to sacrifice himself for his friends. And, Piper, she is strong and focused on saving her father though she is moved by her emotions.
I really enjoyed this book, it made me laugh and made me fall into the story from the beginning. Definitely reading the entire series! I am currently waiting to receive the second book, and can´t wait!!
Have you read it? Did you enjoy it?