Title: The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
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?
Rating: 4 stars
Review: Oh this was the perfect start to the series! There’s enough world building that you can jump right in if you aren’t already familiar with Riordan’s demigod world from the Percy Jackson series, but not so much that it feels repetitive if you’re already waist-deep in the series and fandom.
Three regular teens are thrust headfirst into this scary new world of demigods and Greek gods and Titans, and they have to deal with a huge world-saving quest in addition with normal teenager issues like being absolutely head over heels with someone who doesn’t really know who you are because his memory is wiped like a whiteboard. Yeah, that’s basically it.
I have been binge-reading this series lately – in preparation for the new Magnus Chase book on October 4th- and because I’ve been reading them so quickly, I haven’t reviewed each one as I went along, so I’m going to do that now. Thnak god for the highlight and note functions on my Kindle so I can mark review-worthy quotes like this one:
“What’s Cabin Nine?” Leo asked. “And I’m not a Vulcan!”
“Come on, Mr Spock. I’ll explain everything.” Will put a hand on his shoulder and steered him off towards the cabins.
Taking off from that, I’m going to first get my fangirling over with, and tell you all about the little sass master that is Leo freaking Valdez! At first look, he just seems like the comic relief to Piper and Jason’s heroism, but then you realise he’s totally awesome in his own right. He can build and/or fix pretty much everything, and he’s a damn good friend, loyal to the end. I know Jason’s meant to be the dreamboat and everything, with the blond hair and the leader-vibe, but I’m Team Leo all the way.
Then there’s Piper McLean, aka my fictional wifey. She doesn’t let being the daughter of Aphrodite stop her from kicking ass with the guys. After all, Aphrodite is more than just the goddess of beauty – she’s the goddess of love, and Piper uses her emotions to her strengths rather than a weakness.
And there’s Jason. Hmm….Jason. Yeah he’s pretty amazing with the saving and everything, but since I work with someone called Jason, I keep imagining this Jason as looking like mine, and that’s just weird. As far as the character is concerned though, I’m a fan nonetheless. Anyone who can kick butt while missing a good chunk of memories is okay in my book.
I’m always a fan of Rick Riordan’s work, and this did not disapponint. He always manages to take the story and write in a way that appeals to everyone from little kids to adults. It’s funny, fascinating, and informative as well, which is always a plus. Thanks to this whole thing, I know more about Greek gods and mythology than I did when I started, which was very basic. Yeah.
Here are some particularly good quotes that I liked, that might inspire you to read this awesome book if you haven’t already.
Jason scratched his head. “You named him Festus? You know that in Latin, ‘festus’ means ‘happy’? You want us to ride off to save the world on Happy the Dragon?”
“Can we just call them storm spirits?” Leo asked. “Venti makes them sound like evil espresso drinks.”
“Gaea?” Leo shook his head. “Isn’t that Mother Nature? She’s supposed to have, like, flowers in her hair and birds singing around her and dear and rabbits doing her laundry.”
“Leo, that’s Snow White,” Piper said.
“I can’t believe I thought you were hot.”
Khione’s face turned red. “Hot? You dare insult me? I am cold, Leo Valdez. Very, very cold.”
“Zeus looked like a really buff, really angry hippie.”
“Please excuse Jason from eternal damnation. He has had amnesia.”
My recommendation is that you read the Percy Jackson series first, and then this one, so you know who all the characters are, otherwise you’ll be as confused as a Boread.
If you love mythology of any kind, Rick Riordan’s work is a must-read, purely because it takes the myths and modernises them in a way that anyone can read them and learn while thoroughly enjoying it.