Monday, February 28, 2011

Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) [Goodreads]
Author: Rick Riordan (the God) [Website]
Number of Pages: 553
Rating: 510 /5
Release: October 12, 2010

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father 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.

I don't know if I've said this before, but Rick Riordan is a God. Really, he should be given a place among the 12 Olympians because he's just THAT good. I can't help but fall in love with everything he writes. Percy Jackson and the Olympians? MIND BLOWN! The Red Pyramid? LOVE! And now, The Lost Hero (MIND BLOWN + LOVE) ² ! 

The Lost Hero had it all: kick ass characters, an invigorating and action-packed plot, a sh**load of humour and a whole lot of potential.

I’ve always loved Riordan’s characters. Even the evil ones have redeeming qualities. They’re all believable and oh, so fun! Honestly, if I had friends like Riordan’s characters, I’d be one happy girl. By the end of The Lost Hero, Jason, despite having lost his memory, was able to evolve and develop as a character. Throughout the course of one book, he was able to grow as a person. And that was very important to me because he was basically starting with a blank personality since he lost his memory. Piper was an amazingly refreshing character. She was so different from what I expected. To say the least, Piper has become one of my favourite kick ass female heroines. Leo, Jason’s best friend, was just hilarious. Humour is very important to me and I love how Riordan’s books are all sprinkled with a healthy dose of hilarity. Leo, in my opinion, was the character that grew the most. He went through many trials that helped him face his past. By the end of the novel, he certainly changed in many ways, for the better. I can’t wait to see what awaits him in the rest of the series.

The plot, similar to Percy Jackson, was action packed. The main characters faced different trials that pushed the plot along at a well paced speed. Each small conflict contributed to the main problem. There’s no fluff in this novel; every chapter, every paragraph, every line is important. The entire plot ties together. We get answers to some of our questions but Riordan skillfully leaves many questions unanswered, making the wait for the next book so much more painful!

I think Riordan’s best decision was making this series a spin-off from Percy Jackson. I already knew most of the characters in this series because I grew close to them in Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It makes me love this series that much more because I feel like I’m reuniting with old friends.

Bottom line: READ THIS BOOK! But read Percy Jackson and the Olympians first because The Lost Hero will mean so much more. The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) is going to be simply astounding. Riordan has set the bar high with The Lost Hero and I’m sure that he’s going to do even better with The Son of Neptune!



  1. This books sounds great! Your blog is adorable. I love the background :)

  2. I'm reading this book now and so far I really like it. I love that we get to visit some of our favorite characters from the Percy Jackson series.