Series: Heroes of Olympus #1
Also in this series: The House of Hades, The Blood of Olympus
Released by Puffin on 6 October 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology
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?
When I finished the Percy Jackson series two years ago, I knew I wanted to read more about Camp Half-Blood and the people that stayed there. So I was thrilled when I found out about the Heroes of Olympus. Still, it took me a long time to actually start reading this book because the main character wasn’t Percy anymore (yeah I’m that kind of person). But even though that was the thing with HoO, I did really enjoy reading the book!
In this series, the main characters are three Demigods called Jason, Piper and Leo. I will not tell you who their godly parents are seeing as that’s a bit of a spoiler, but I found it all quite fitting actually. Of course, in this book we meet some old favourites again; Annabeth, Rachel, Chiron and some of the other campers. But there seems to be someone very important who is missing. Yup, Mr. Percy Jackson does not make an appearance in this book at all, he is in fact actually missing. Annabeth (who is now officially his gilfriend, YAY) and the other campers are all very worried and are searching for him all over America, but he seems to have vanished.
But that is not the main problem of this book, no there are more people missing – in fact I think this book is full of missing people. Jason and his friends must go on a quest to rescue probably the most important missing person (no it’s not Percy), and of course like any other Demigod quest, things go wrong, things go right, and then they go even more wrong after that.
I really enjoyed reading this book, though I had some difficulty getting through the first couple of chapters. That’s why I looked up an audiobook to listen to during work. Eventually, after it got really really exciting again, I couldn’t stop myself and decided to read the last couple of chapters on my ereader again. Though I really missed reading about Percy, I loved meeting these new characters and hearing about their lives. My favourite, out of the three new heroes, is probably Leo – because he is just a bit chaotic and all that and yeah I just really liked him!
There were some things in this book that I found a bit predictive (I’d guessed the name of the main villain long before already, but then again I did read some stuff about Greek Mythology very recently), but that didn’t make me dislike the book. The only reason I gave it four stars was because I found it so hard to get through at first. But the writing was just what I had expected from Rick Riordan, only this book felt a bit more ‘grown-up’ than Percy Jackson did. I always put PJ in the ‘Children’s literature’ section, but I think the Heroes of Olympus series is more for Young Adults.
In the end, I really loved reading more about Greek Mythology and about the Percy Jackson world. I am definitely going to read the rest of this series, because I just want to know how it ends. I want more of Riordan’s mythology! (Which is why I CAN NOT WAIT for his books about Norse Mythology).