Friday, June 3, 2011

Review: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Published: May 5th, 2009
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 381
Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge, 350 Page Books Challenge, YA Series Challenge
Other: Fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. All books are published. There is a spinoff series, The Heroes of Olympus. The second book in that series will be published later this year.
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Warning: This review may contain (slight) spoilers for those of you who haven't read the previous book(s) in the series. Reading is at your own risk.

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate. 

Percy is nearing his sixteenth birthday, and all the half-bloods have been preparing for battle. The battle against Kronos and the Titans is drawing nearer and nearer and Percy feels he is fighting against his own faith. The Olympians are busy guarding their empires and trying to hold back Typhon, Olympus is practically inviting the Titans in - so Percy and the half-bloods guard the city. Helped by the Hunters of Artemis, old Sea Gods, his friends and unexpected allies, Percy will have to fight to keep the Lord of Time from taking Olympus.

First up: What an EPIC ending to this series. There's no other word for it, except maybe AWESOME. I was on the edge of my seat with this book from the first page. Okay, not everything comes out of nowhere and some things are downright predictable, but the way Riordan has writting this epic book packed with battle is just amazing. The battle scenes were lively and actually packed with action, power and yes, even some love. I la-la-loved it!

The unfolding prophecy took a little twist for me - I didn't expect it to end this way, but I liked it. I liked that not everyone was spared and that the whole book was practically full of battle preparations and actual battle.

To make a long story short: if you haven't picked up this series (WHY?!) you really need to. Buy or borrow a copy of The Lightning Thief - you will not regret it! It's made of awesome! And amazeballs!

My overall rating:

Because it's my second favorite series: right after Harry Potter.

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