Percy Jackson: Last Olympian
WARNING: PLEASE READ THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES BEFORE THIS REVIEW
Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians is an absolutely funny, adventurous, and action packed series, that ends with a grand finale, The Last Olympian. Loaded with villains, creepy mothers, giant hell-hounds, treacherous demigods hosting Titans, and heroes saving Olympus atop the Empire State Building, and even the underworld, the characters of this story connect with the reader well. Nico di Angelo, a young demigod, son of Hades, had lost his sister, and appeals to the audience on an emotional level.
Percy Jackson has always been a dyslexic boy with ADHD, but never has he suspected he is the son of the mighty Poseidon. He travels to a camp, Camp Half-Blood, to receive training to fend off hostile monsters. Soon he learns of Kronos, who sends monsters to try and kill all demigods. This book takes Percy on quest to the final showdown with Kronos in an epic battle. What will the choice be that the Great Prophecy of Delphi predicts? The Great Prophecy;
“A half-blood of the eldest gods,
Shall reach sixteen against all odds.
And see the world in endless sleep,
The hero’s soul cursed blade shall reap.
A single choice shall end his days,
Olympus to preserve or raze.”
The story kicks off when Percy, and his friend Rachel Elizabeth Dare are hanging out on Long Island beach in Percy’s stepfather’s Prius. However, the much-respected Charles Beckendorf interrupts by landing on the hood of the Prius with Percy’s pegasus Blackjack. They then embark on a deadly quest to sabotage and destroy a ship full of monsters headed to New York.
Story aside, I like the author’s writing style most of all. It’s not formal and fancy, but it’s told through Percy, using words and phrases a person his age would normally use. The names of the chapters are humorously named, (example: My Math Teacher Gives Me a Lift.) and he uses metaphors and similes the way Percy would.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book because it is relatable, humorous, actionable, has an excellent plot line, has great characters, and amazing writing style. I would recommend it to anybody who asks me about it, but especially for kids from ages nine to fifteen, or anyone who has read Maze Runner, Divergent series, or Eye of Minds.
Author: Rick Riordan