The Lost Hero
by Rick Riordan
5/5 Starry Eyes
First, a quick summary from Goodreads:
"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."It's been a year since Percy Jackson and his friends defeated Kronos from rising. If you thought our heroes were about to get a break - boy were you wrong. A new prophecy has been given out. Jason and his two friends Piper and Leo must go out and save Hera from the very earth's clutches. But there is a small problem - Jason can't recall anything from his past.
The Lost Hero opens with an extremely intense and fast-paced scene that easily had me devouring page after page of Riordan's novel. The Lost Hero had the perfect pacing, prefect amount of mystery, and three amazing main characters that fit together like puzzle pieces.
I really enjoyed how Riordan managed to blend the myths so easily into the present day era. It seemed almost natural, and not for the first time, it had me wishing that I was a demigod myself!
Unlike Riordan's first series, which you could tell were childish at times, I never found a moment where this book belonged in the kids section. His beautiful first novel in the Heroes of Olympus series definitely deserves a spot in the teen section of the book store.
Overall, I loved this book just as much as the first time I read it (which means that this is a re-read, lol), and I can't wait to dive into the second novel, Son of Neptune!