Title: The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Summary: 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. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, 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. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god.
Final Rating: ♥♥♥♥
AimalReads Review (Spoiler-free):
I read the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series a few years ago, and I’ve been wanting to pick this series up for a very long time. I loved PJO so so much, and I remembered Rick Riordan’s writing being comic, straightforward; his characters being lovable, well-developed and funny. And even though I went into this book with a lot of expectations, I wasn’t disappointed.
The storyline progresses very quickly. A lot of things happen in this book, and there are rarely quiet pages in the novel. Riordan jumps into the action, adventure, and all that jazz right off the bat. The storyline was interesting, but I did feel that the climax of this particular novel was resolved too quickly. Much more quickly than I would have liked. Other than that, it was funny, entertaining, fast-paced and just a great read in general. 4.5/5
I loved the world of the novel. I remember tat even during PJO, I was more inspired by the world and the characters rather than the storyline. It was the same with this book. I loved the world. I loved the monsters, the mythology, the weaponry, the gods, the objects, camp Half-Blood. I loved it. But I will also say that I would have enjoyed it two-fold if the world was more detailed. I think in fantasy novels, detail is especially important. I have seen countless novels that describe a flower field in the most excruciating detail; I don’t need to know what a rose looks like, I have seen a rose many times. Which is why I think fantasy writers should pay attention, make their detailing exquisite to offer the vivid imagery that should accompany a world which the readers aren’t familiar with. 4/5
I enjoyed the characters, but I wasn’t blown away by them. Maybe my predisposed expectations got in the way of this because I remember loving Percy and Grover and Annabeth so freaking much, that these new characters didn’t really do MUCH for me. Except Leo. I loved Leo’s character. He was funny, warm, talented- kind of the Ron Weasley among the three mains. I loved him. Piper was a good character too, but I wish that we had more of a feel regarding Jason’s character. I felt like we didn’t really get to know who he was as a personality. This bugged me a lot because he is the main protagonist, and I felt like I didn’t understand his emotion as much as I would have liked to. 4/5
Like I said, I love Rick Riordan’s writing. Straightforward, brief, humorous and fast-paced. His writing doesn’t seem forced. He utilizes his words tremendously; you know they are supposed to be there, rather than being forced to be there because they sound flowery. 5/5
Would I recommend? It depends on who’s asking, but yes.
Would I re-read? Yeah.