Title: The Lost Hero (Book 1 The Heroes of Olympus)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remmeber anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and his best friend is a guy named Leo. They’re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids,” as Leo puts it. What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anything – except that everything seems very wrong.
Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, 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, whether she wants to or not.
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 ghost?
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book, if it was going to measure up to the last series, if I’d miss the old characters too much. And boy am I glad I listened to my brother and friends and read this book! There was a perfect balance of characters, action and stories, plot twists, and completely sated my taste for mythology (other than the fact that I now am dying to read the next book – which just happens to be on the table next to me haha).
All the new characters that were introduced, but mainly Piper, Leo, and Jason, were amazingly introduced. It felt so natural to be reading along with them. The three different third person viewpoints were great – each of the characters had their own insecurities and unique voices that helped differentiate between them without even seeing the chapter title. I loved the old characters too, especially the ones that were in the previous series but weren’t actually mentioned by name or anything – like Drew and demigods from other cabins. Even the characters that were mentioned by name, like the Hephaestus cabin counselor (not going to be a spoiler for those who haven’t read the Percy Jackson series), had so much more background from the other series that they fit right into the story as mentors, almost.
The plot in the other series had me wondering and getting curious about the Roman aspect of mythology, and I’m so glad that Riordan wrote about them in this series! Most of the gist of Jason’s story can be gathered by the end, but I’m dying for details and to know how Percy’s faring in the second book. The way the Roman mythology was incorporated into the book was amazing. The different aspect of the gods and the details were amazing, so basically after I finish this review I’m going to go start the next book. Definitely read these – I almost think that they’re better than the previous series. Happy reading!