Title: The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Heroes Of Olympus #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and his best friend is a guy named Leo. They’re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids,” as Leo puts it. What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anything-except that everything seems very wrong.
Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, 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, whether she wants to or not.
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?
I have to start this review by saying that I love Rick Riordan and the Percy Jackson And The Olympians series. Starting The Lost Hero, I had high expectations because the Percy Jackson books are so excellent and I can happily say those expectations were met. The Lost Hero is part of The Heroes Of Olympus series but it takes place in the same world as Percy Jackson. There are many crossover characters and the feel is very similar. This is a good thing because the Percy Jackson universe is so full of excitement and humor, that I was happy to return.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan gives us three new heroes who are part of a new great prophecy. Piper, Leo, and Jason are regular kids who meet at a school for troubled children. Jason is in the unique situation of having his memory completely missing but we learn more about him throughout the adventure. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to new Gods and Goddesses while learning about new and greater enemies.
One of the greatest parts of any Rick Riordan books, besides the epic adventure, is the relationships. Piper, Leo, and Jason are forced into impossible situations and have to learn to rely on each other to get out of them. Learning to trust your instincts and solve your own problems are excellent lessons for all of us. The heroes grow and change, while learning how to do the right thing.
Even though The Lost Hero is a hefty 553 pages, it can easily be read in a sitting. I flew through it, needing to know what would happen next. Just like every other book I have read by Rick Riordan, as soon as I finished The Lost Hero I wanted to purchase the next book and continue the adventure. Rick Riordan is one author who really makes me wish I had children with whom I could share these wonderful books with. (Thinking about it now, my nephew will be receiving the Percy Jackson And The Olympians series for Christmas. He is not a big reader but I think those books can really help change a non-reader into a reader. Especially a little boy.) So in summary, drop what ever you are reading and pick up a copy of The Lost Hero. It is excellent and I guarantee you will enjoy it.
What You Will Find
- Epic adventure
- Characters you already love
- Lots of learning about the Greeks and Romans