Publisher: Hyperion (Children's)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Jason 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. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, 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. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god.
My Summary: When he wakes up on a bus holding the hand of a girl he doesn't know, Jason knows something's up. The girl, Piper, and Leo - his supposed best friends - look at him anxiously, wondering why their friend is acting so strangely.
When they reach their destination, the kids are attacked - not by a person, but by creatures that call themselves venti: wind spirits. Somehow, Jason knows exactly what he's supposed to do. He protects his friends from the spirits and watches in amazement as a boy and girl fly in on a chariot, looking for someone who's missing - someone named Percy Jackson.
Jason, Piper, and Leo are taken to Camp Half-Blood - the place where demigods are trained to fight for their godly parents. Once there, they discover that they themselves are demigods: Leo is the son of Hephaestus, Piper is the daughter of Aphrodite, and Jason is only of the only children of Zeus himself.
Within hours of arrival, they hear a prophecy that rocks their entire world and guarantees the end of the world if something is not done to stop it.
My Thoughts: This was the first book I ever read by Rick Riordan, and I'm happy to say it didn't disappoint! I'd heard all the hype surrounding the Percy Jackson series, and decided I'd read The Lost Hero before tackling it.
First off, Jason was a great character. It's so rare that you get a well-developed male protagonist, and I was really impressed by the author's ability to make Jason likeable even though we don't know much about him. Piper was a great character as well - she was really complex, and it was difficult to predict whether or not she'd betray her friends like she was supposed to. And Leo! He was such a deep character, and seeing things through his point of view really gave you a sense of what was going on with the other two. I felt so bad for him when he lost Festus - I'm hoping that he'll make a reappearance in the next book!
The plot was great as well! I thought it was well though-out, and it never got slow - you don't feel the need to flip ahead or skim, and the characters grow and develop quite a bit from start to finish.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one, and I'll definitely be reading the sequels. I recommend this series for anyone who's been in a bit of a YA rut lately (I see you out there!) and wants to try something different. Also, I think anyone who likes mythology will really like this one. TIP: Do yourselves a favour and read the Percy Jackson Series BEFORE you read The Lost Hero, because it builds on the end of the last PJ book. I was still able to understand what was going on and who the characters were without doing so, but I think it'd be more enjoyable for you, since The Last Hero takes place after the last Percy Jackson book and because it uses a lot of familiar characters from the PJ series.