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The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book One

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The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book One

Jason doesn’t remember anything when he wakes up on a bus full of kids on a field trip to the Grand Canyon. He doesn’t remember where he came from, how old he is, or even his last name. He doesn’t remember why he’s enrolled in Wilderness School “where kids are the animals.” He certainly doesn’t remember that he’s best friends with a kid named Leo and that the girl sitting next to him, Piper, is his girlfriend. And Piper is a girl you don’t easily forget.

Piper is put off by the fact that her new boyfriend is suddenly distant. She’s also troubled by a recurring nightmare that’s plaguing her sleep. In her dreams, her father, the famous actor Tristan McLean, is being tortured and held prisoner by some sort of evil presence. She doesn’t understand what it all means --- both her nightmare and Jason’s change in behavior --- but she hopes it won’t get any worse.

Leo has a knack for tinkering and fiddling with nuts, bolts and machines. He’s always felt out of place in life, especially since his mother died in a tragic fire when he was younger. You could say that fire plays an important role in his life, but he’s careful to control his amazing ability. He’s finally found good friends in Piper and Jason, and he doesn’t want to do anything to screw it up.

When you’re a demigod, though, there are enough powers and forces to screw things up for you. Jason, Piper and Leo encounter their first monsters at the Grand Canyon, evil wind spirits, and have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. After escaping a savage and death-defying attack, all three demigods inexplicably find themselves at Camp Half-Blood where the other campers are none too pleased to see them. Percy Jackson and the other demigods saved the world against the Titans, so everything should be great, right? Apparently not.

Jason, Piper and Leo learn about a prophecy that is much worse than the previous one foretold. This time, Hera, the giants and some mysterious female patron are involved, and it’s only the beginning. They embark on a quest that will take them from the northernmost provinces to the familiar Bay area and back again. Olympus has shut itself off from the world, so the demigods are on their own this time. It also doesn’t help that someone important has gone missing --- Percy Jackson!

Greek and Roman mythology is alive and well in this new series by Rick Riordan, author of the popular Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Just when you thought the world was safe from ancient monsters, Riordan introduces fans of the books to even more stories from the ancient Greek mythology. This time, they cross over to Roman mythology, and the sometimes-blurred lines between the two cultures are examined in closer detail. New and familiar characters make appearances as well as the hilarious references to pop culture. I always learn something new whenever I read these books, and it certainly helps that I laugh along the way. You’re not going to want to miss this one!

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on October 12, 2010

The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book One
by Rick Riordan

  • Publication Date: April 3, 2012
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
  • ISBN-10: 1423113462
  • ISBN-13: 9781423113461