Title: The Son of Neptune (Book 2 in The Heroes of Olympus)
Author: Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. He brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem – when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now, because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wishes she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, beacuse the only thing he is good at is archery – although not good enought to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely – enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
You guys are probably all sick of positive reviews, but this book was amazing! I still love Percy, with his goofiness yet awesome seagodliness. The new characters that were introduced, and the other camp especially, were great. I couldn’t believe the contrast between Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter. It’s completely different, from the organization to the hierarchy to the traditions. Each of the new characters, whether they were from the camp, reintroduced with names from previous books, or from the quest, had their own personality and unique part to play in the book. The secrets that abounded and the mystery of the multiple prophecies going on at once added to the intrigue and allure this book holds.
My favorite new character is definitely Ella. I love her intelligence, her odd habits, everything down to the way she speaks. From the very first time she was introduced, I knew that she would be important, and at the end, she was so endearing, especially when I read about her and another loveable character (I’m not giving anything away here!!).
The romance in this book also blossoms for several characters, although some take longer than others due to awkwardness, secrets, and past lives – you know, the usual problems for teenagers. The snark level between demigods and giants is not diminished in any way; trash talk is as usual (laughing out loud as you read is a common symptom). But these were not the only aspects of the book that intrigued me. I also loved the suspence. This quest was like no other quest Riordan has ever told us. The time limit was so suspenseful; I couldn’t figure out how their deadline was going to be met. Even animosity between characters added to the suspense, and I can’t wait to see how it will play out in the next books. Riordan balance the suspense with comic relief and character’s insecurties as well. The three rotating points of view were just as good as in the first book, and the ending? Let’s just say I might be stalking Rick Riordan until NEXT fall, when The Mark of Athena is due to come out!!