The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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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?” – Description from Goodreads

 

I don’t think I liked this more than Percy Jackson or any of the other books in the series but I think it does make for a good complimentary story-line.  I thought it was still filled with a good amount of adventure and fun.  It was easily relatable for the target audience.  I think it’s a great book.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the back and forth to different points of view.  It didn’t feel as naturally flowing like the Percy Jackson books.  But we still had some good insight to how the characters were feeling and the reasoning behind their actions.  It was fun to see a few other Gods represented, as well.  It wasn’t necessarily all about the Big 3 but a good focus on other Gods.  I love the introduction to the Roman aspect and how they all connect.  As someone who doesn’t know a lot about Greek or Roman Mythology it’s a fun experience to be introduced to them in this way.

I’ve already jumped into the second book.  I’m finding that I like Riordan’s books on audio a lot and it makes for easy listening on my drives back and forth to work.  I don’t usually zone out and if I do I don’t feel like I’ve missed too much because something quickly brings me back in.  I’m not bored while reading it.

This isn’t going to live up to the hype of Percy Jackson for some people and I think a lot of that is how new Percy Jackson was at the time and how wonderful the story was and it had a wide appeal.  This is fairly the same but with new characters to focus on and there are some tropes thrown in.  But honestly, as a kid I would still like this (and that’s the primary purpose).  It’s a fun read and that’s all I’m looking for in these books, to be entertained.

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