Series: The Heroes of Olympus #1
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult
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.
I loved Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and reading this book made it feel like coming back to summer camp and meeting all the new people. I really liked the new characters that Riordan introduces, seeing some of the old characters again, and hearing the references to old characters. What I like about this book is that it doesn’t feel like it just continues the PJO series, but it feels like a new chapter in an epic story. Diverse and interesting characters, fast-paced action, and many many mythology references. What’s not to love?
First, the characters. LEO IS MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER! He’s just so fun, so ready to jump into things, and so smart! I loved his chapters because he’s just such an Eager McBeaver. He reminded me of Impulse from Young Justice (a series that I should really do a Book Breaktime on). I really like Piper too! I love how she’s the one who sees the big picture, and is the quick thinker of the group. If Leo’s the one handling the hardware, Piper is the one handling the people. They have a good dynamic with Jason, pretty much the “main guy” of this book.
What I really like about Jason is that he’s kind of the source of information of things in the PJO world that we were never exposed to in the original books. There are many little hints and things dropped throughout the story and all come together to present a whole other side of the story that would not have crossed my mind. I really want to talk about it and how interesting it is, but I can’t without spoiling anything! So allow me to move on!
The mythology! Oh, the mythology! I really like mythology, which was obviously a huuuuge part of why I love the original books. I remember saying that I loved how Riordan doesn’t outright state who the mythological character is once the main character meets them. The reader has a little time to guess who this person might be before the big reveal. I had so much fun guessing who might be who!
Overall: I’m super excited to move on to the next book in the series. I didn’t read the bonus chapter that was included in this book because I really wanted to dive into the next book and binge-read it. :P I’m pretty sure I know who is going to be the main. This book is an excellent start to Riordan’s new series, and it should delight PJO fans!