Review: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson #5)
Series: Percy Jackson #5
Released by Puffin on 5 May 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology
All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.
While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.
In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.
The Last Olympian is the last book in the Percy Jackson series (but don’t worry, there’s another series out in this universe, called ‘Heroes of Olympus’!) and I think this was the most action-packed book of them all. Wow, seriously. I don’t really remember everything that has happened in the book, but I know there was A LOT of action.
The Characters: Well, all the old characters are there, but we meet a couple of new characters as well. Of course, like with any other book, people die. I had already expected one of the deaths, because I read about it on Tumblr a while ago. There was also a character who turned out to be Kronos’ spy in the camp, and that did not surprise me at all, because the second movie kinda spoiled that a bit (damn you movies who spoil the other books in the series). But hey, other than that, I liked all the characters (apart from the people in Kronos’ army of course, I wanted to punch them all in the face with Thor’s hammer (oh oops wrong mythology)).
The Action: Like I said, this book was action packed. I think at least half of the book was about a huge fight in a city, with only a handful of campers on one side, and a huge army of all kinds of creatures on the other side. I was actually scared to turn the page every time, because I had expected more and more of my favourite characters to die. But I thank the gods that Rick Riordan has not let all of my favourite characters die (yet). I loved all the action, because that means there’s little time left for any romance/love-triangle stuff.
The Romance: But yes, of course, there was some romance going on. Between my ‘OTP’ of course, and between two other characters, which made me feel a bit ‘ugh’. But yeah, with all the fighting going on there was hardly any time for kissing and hugging and loving each other. So yay for that!
The Plot: It’s the final book in the series, so of course an epic final battle. That’s usually the plot for every last book in a series, and though it might get a bit boring after a while, I do like it. Because I just love battles and especially with these kids who’ve learned to fight and defend themselves for a couple of years now. I loved the calm bits between the fights, in which Percy usually sleeps and dreams about stuff. I liked reading about his dreams and learning more about a certain character’s family.
The Writing: As always, Rick Riordan’s writing is simple, but very good. I just kept on turning page after page because it was so awesome. I love how he gave all the chapters funny names, like “I Drive My Dog Into a Tree”, “My Cookies Get Scorched” and “Blackjack Gets Jacked”. It made me smile every time I got to a new chapter!
In the end, I really enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian, and the ending has made me very curious for Heroes of Olympus.