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Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The_Heroes_of_Olympus_~_The_Lost_HeroJason 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 about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, 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, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

Have you ever read a book that you loved and hated simultaneously?

For me, this is one of those books. I thoroughly enjoyed the prospect of adding new blood into the world of Percy Jackson. However, The Lost Hero fails to incorporate the most important thing from that world, Percy Jackson. In fact, with the exception of a brief visit to Camp Half-Blood, this book is only about the new characters: Jason, Piper and Leo.

As the book jacket states, Jason has a problem. But in truth, the loss of his memory is the least of his problems. Jason is an extremely dull character that has been written to be viewed as spectacular and perfect. That is where Ric Riordan fails. The reason Percy Jackson worked as a hero is because he’s not perfect. Sure he’s an all powerful demigod, but it’s his mistakes and imperfections that help drive the storyline and make him a likeable character. Even his supposed relationship with Thalia feels forced and unbelievable.

As the son of Zeus (or more accurately, Jupiter), Jason is viewed as the leader of his “friends.” When in reality, he’s really just a weight on the character development of Piper. As a Native American with a famous movie star father and Aphrodite as her mother, Piper’s desire to be more than someone pretty makes her interesting. However, it’s her infatuation with Jason that makes her dull. As with many authors, the desire to pair off characters is dragging down the series.

The only redeeming character in the book is Leo. However, even his daredevil, triple dose of ADHDism can wear thin on a reader. All in all, this isn’t a completely terrible book. But between constantly flipping views between new characters you aren’t invested in and the pathetic attempt to make Jason walk on water, it can be a struggle to get through this book without wanting to tear your hair out.

Four stars for originality in trying to explain and combine the Greek and Roman counterparts. Zero stars for Jason. Please, someone get a monster to kill this kid off.

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About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

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