You must forge your own path for it to mean anything.The Lost Hero by 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?
By now it comes as no secret that I absolutely LOVE Rick Riordan. That man is honestly so funny and anything he writes has the ability to keep me completely hooked for days and days. If I am not reading his books I’m thinking of them. They are perfection. In here I’m actually going to talk about the series as a whole instead of only the first book.
This series picks up pretty close to the end of the Percy Jackson one. I honestly loved Percy Jackson so much that I actually expected the Heroes of Olympus series to be just as awesome. But for me it actually went up a notch a bit. So of course I also binged it. Every single book in the Heroes of Olympus series was better than the one before it.
Riordan has a way of adding countless characters to a same story and still not losing track of any of them. While I did want more from the characters it was simply a desire for more content of all of them in general because I absolutely feel in love with every single one. I managed to connect with them and get attached to them for their own personalities and stories.
I loved the fact that Riordan kept switching between the character’s perspectives because that’s exactly what allowed me to get to know them so well. All of them had their own goals and desires, their struggles were real and believable and I could relate to them and the situations they were going through.
I already loved characters like Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Nico and the others from the previous series but I found myself welcoming the new characters so much and even ended up fiercely loving some that I initially didn’t feel that connected to, like Jason, Piper and Reyna. The characters also offer a wider representation of people groups and life experiences which made it all more genuine and loveable.
Just like any other of his works, this entire series is incredibly fast paced, full of battles, snarky comments and incredible interactions with the Gods. And most importantly it’s drenched in Greek, and this time also Roman, mythology which is one of my favorite parts. The scenes with the gods or the ones that hinted at myths were so wholesome. Riordan really is a master of effortlessly weaving mythology through his stories. And I don’t want to give any spoilers but there is one scene with the gods at the end of the final book that absolutely blew me away and I had to re-read it a few times because of how immersed I was in it.
All in all, this entire series was incredibly fun and presented some great quality content. Please give this a shot.