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The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (and series review)

Posted by Caitie F on November 18, 2010

Title: The Last Olympian 
Author: Rick Riordan
Hardcover: 381 pages
Publisher: Hyperion (2009)
ISBN: 9781423101475
Rating: ++++

Summary:

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.
While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.
In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Review:

I thought I might be disappointed when I picked up this book. Luckily, I wasn’t. I thought it was smart to bring back some of the monsters that started it all both to show how Percy has grown, but also to show how powerful the Titans had gotten.

There were so many heroes in this book that it is hard to talk about all of them. It showed how just small acts of bravery could be heroic and that heroes aren’t always who you expect them to be.

Annabeth’s struggle with Luke is finally explained. I wish their history had come up earlier, since her constant defense of him was irritating. I think it would not have taken anything away if they had started learning Luke’s past in an earlier book. It all felt very rushed and I wish it had been explained and showed more.

This book expanded on the themes from the entire series – especially that heroes and gods are not just good or evil. Luke hated Hermes, but it turns out that he tried to save Luke’s mother and tried to help Luke. Nico was angry at his father for what he had down, but Hades was just trying to protect his children. Things are not just black or white in this series and I think that makes the characters and situations much more exciting and unpredictable.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I thought that it wrapped up very well. There was a little too much action in this book, but the main focus was a large battle for the universe, so it didn’t bother me as much as it would have in previous books. I liked how Percy was able to change the camp so others would be accepted and made life easier for all half-bloods. I also thought Annabeth’s story was wrapped up nicely.

Series Review

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. Some have compared it to Harry Potter (and said it wasn’t as good), but I don’t agree with that comparison. I think that the only similarities are that both have boys that find out they are more than human and they join others to fight evil. But there are different audiences for the books. Percy Jackson is mainly a boy book that will cross over to some girls. Harry Potter is a general YA series that crosses over to adults. They are written with different audiences and purposed, so I don’t think it is fair to compare.

If you like Greek mythology, I would suggest that you try this series for an excellent retelling of some of your favorite myths.

 

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3 Responses to “The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (and series review)”

  1. I haven’t read this series, but my 23 year old son listened to the first book and really enjoyed it.

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