Title: The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Heroes of Olympus #1
Previous Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Next Book: The Son of Neptune
Description from Goodreads:
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper. His best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids”, as Leo puts it. What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea — except that everything seems very wrong.
Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?
Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.
With the way that the Percy Jackson series ended, I was really excited to read the spin-off series. I’ve put it off for years, though, because I didn’t want to wait for every book. I’m glad I finally started the series!
The Lost Hero starts off with Jason waking up on a bus on a school field trip and having no idea who he is. While on the field trip, he is attacked and taken to Camp Half-Blood. We also find that Percy Jackson is missing and that the gods have stopped talking to the demigods.
It took me a little bit to get into The Lost Hero because it is written very differently from the Percy Jackson series. While Percy Jackson is told in first-person from Percy’s perspective for the entire series, The Lost Hero is written in third-person and switches between Jason’s, Piper’s, and Leo’s perspectives. Also, most of Percy Jackson centered around the main Greek gods, which I have a lot of memory of learning. The Lost Hero focuses moreso on the gods’ Roman counterparts (which I never could remember, not even in school), and a lot of minor gods that I don’t remember.
The story line itself was pretty interesting, especially since Jason didn’t know who he was, so it was a lot more mystery than a lot of the Percy Jackson books. It was also a lot longer, so I felt like some things took longer than they needed to, but it wasn’t bad.
I’m not really sure how I felt about the characters. Jason was definitely interesting because he seemed really powerful, but since he didn’t even remember who he was, he was also very mysterious. Piper drove me a little crazy with her secret-keeping, but she also seemed to have a good heart. Leo was the class clown and a bit goofy, but he definitely had smarts and came through when he was needed. I guess, overall, I liked them, though I didn’t really connect with them yet.
Overall, I thought that The Lost Hero was a really good start to a series, even if it was very different from Percy Jackson. I look forward to reading more of it, and I would definitely recommend it.