Review: The Lost Hero | Why, Hello Jason

Review: The Lost Hero | Why, Hello JasonThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 12th, 2010
Genres: Adventure
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 557
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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?

Tears literally came to my eyes when I finished this book. I just loved it so much I wanted to cry. Riordan dives right into the story. There were a lot of questions of who everyone’s parents were so Piper’s godly parent surprised me but it I thought it was pretty cool. Jason’s turned out to be what I expected but with a spin. And Leo’s was pretty predictable but there is something very unique about him….

Riordan perfectly meshes Greek and Roman mythology. It’s ingenious the way he does it. It’s so cool. He uses some of the places he labeled as dangerous in Percy Jackson and the Olympians and twisted them to fit this story line, which was spectacular. And some of the events that took place in the first series make a little more sense once you read The Lost Hero. The characters are wonderful!

Throughout the whole book, you’re asking questions beyond where’s Percy. Riordan gives you just enough answers to appease you but then (a lot of the time) you have more questions you want answered after the new revelations. He perfectly balances the giving and withholding of information.

The Heroes of Olympus is definitely, with out a shadow of doubt, going to be better than Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The Lost Hero showed great promise for the sequel, Son of Neptune. The writing is in third person but it has an air of the first person writing you get in the first series. It has three different POVs and each chapter about the targeted character is personalized specifically well. I just love everything about this book.

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  1. I also like to see characters in perspective from their point of view. A writer who is able to tease by withholding information can engage the reader and hold interest. This is especially critical in a children's book. Good review; I look forward to reading it.