Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Heroes of Olympus #1
Publication: October 12th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion Books
Pages: 557 pages
Genre: Mythology, Romance, Middle Grade
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper. His best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids”, as Leo puts it. What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea — except that everything seems very wrong.
Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, 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.
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Jason Grace was a typical boy who all of a sudden woke up in a bus not remembering who he was or anything at all. Leo claimed he was his best friend Piper's his girlfriend. They were sent to summer camp where their coach, a satyr named Gleeson, fought and saved them from storm spirits. A great prophecy will test their loyalty, love and friendship. Their quest started when the trio had to save Olympus from being destroyed by freeing Queen Hera from being held prison by Enceladus so they could stop Porphyrion from rising and Mother Gaea from fully awakening.
Greek and Roman mythology was explained very well on the story even the minor details such as slight difference in forms or names. Its as if you're reading a history book but on a totally different attitude. Just like the The Kane Chronicles, the author put so much in this through research and you would definitely see how much he's passionate about mythology! I only had issues understanding the first several chapters maybe because I honestly haven't read the The Percy Jackson series yet that am not sure if it was a good idea because Percy seemed to be one of the major characters of this series. There was so much going on, they had to fight gods before reaching the one they're really supposed to destroy, how they travel from one state to the other that I got lost along the way. Like a maze inside a maze. After sometime, I was able to get back on track and understood that everything made sense at the end.
Jason showed bravery not only in dealing with the gods/monsters he fought but the way he handled himself despite his memory loss. He did trust his friends and showed that he could also be trusted. Leo and Piper on the other hand not only showed intelligence and beauty but love, courage and faith. Festus was my favorite part and though Gleeson was initially just a boastful character, he did redeem himself by merely volunteering as a protector for Tristan.
As I turn page one of the second book, I honestly don't know what to expect. I may have had slight issues with this but the way it made me addicted to the roller-coaster quest was just worth the time I invested! Let's go see what happens next, shall we?
"You must forge your own path for it to mean anything."