Title: The Last Olympian (Book 5 of The Olympians)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
Release Date: May 5, 2009
All year the half-bloods have beeen 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.
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.
This book was a great way to end the series. Everything was wrapped all nice and neat, no loose ends (well, except the one, but that leads into the next series), and all the pieces of the puzzle from all the other books were put together in this last book. Percy does a lot of growing up – I mean, he started out as a “normal” twelve-year-old when he found out he was a demigod! And now he’s sixteen! He’s faced pretty much anything, at this point, which is why I really enjoyed the ending.
The characters in this book are amazing. I felt so connected to them, especially the ones that have been mentioned in other books, like Beckendorf, Clarisse, Annabeth, and Grover. Even though Grover isn’t as involved in this one as he was in the first, second, and fourth books, he still adds some humor and a lot of wildness to the story. The whole Rachel-Percy-Annabeth thing was cleared up, even though I hadn’t anticipated how until right before Percy figured it out. I loved the interactions between people of different cabins, especially Nico and Percy, but also more minor characters like Malcolm, Annabeth’s second, or Clarisse.
Also, the plot? Perfect. Honestly, it couldn’t have been better. Even though some parts are really sad, and others split your emotions in opposite directions, and some other parts are a little gross, I loved every second, because I was so involved with the characters, relationships, and plotline. I kept wondering how it was going to end, if it would be a happy ending, how could it possibly be a happy ending, how could it possibly not? Some of the characters, like Blackjack and Tyson, just crack me up, sometimes. And then the way some characters play such a huge role in this book compared to how little a role they had in the other books and what the role was really added variation to the plot. Hermes and Hades, though major gods in mythology, finally had a chance to be really involved in the plot, and I thoroughly enjoyed Nico’s affect on his father. Poseidon and Percy’s relationship really affected the plot as well, but the prophecy. The prophecy was the major piece of the story that I could not forget. Every decision Percy made, I was wondering if it was the major decision. Even something as “little” (because it’s not all that little, but it seems innocent enough, right?) as sitting on his dad’s throne made me flinch as I read along, waiting for a blast of ocean to smite him.
All in all, I enjoyed every aspect of the book, and I highly recommend it to anyone, not just middle grade/young adult readers. People of all ages can appreciate the humor, the mythology, and the intensity of the situation Percy endures as my personal favorite from Greek myths. I definitely am looking forward to Rick Riordan’s next series about Camp Half-blood, and cannot wait to dig in!