Title: Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5, Camp Half-Blood Chronicles #5
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Mythology, Urban Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: They are honorary council members.
MOST PEOPLE GET PRESENTS ON THEIR SIXTEENTH BIRTHDAY. I GET A PROPHECY THAT COULD SAVE OR DESTROY THE WORLD.
That’s how it is when you’re the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to an ancient prophecy, bad things will happen when I turn sixteen – because I’m the one who gets to decide the fate of the entire world. But no pressure.
This is the one where Kronos, Lord of the Titans, is beginning his attack on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Oh, and the dreaded (and not to mention enormous) monster Typhon is also heading our way. So it’s me and forty of my demigod friends versus untold evil…
CAN PERCY STOP THE RAMPAGE OF THE TITANS, TO SAVE OLYMPUS – AND HIMSELF?
All through the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, I was waiting with baited breath to see if Percy was, in fact, the child of the prophecy. Alright, I was fairly certain he was (after all, he is the hero of the series), but first there as Thalia, and then Nico. So you couldn’t be sure. Then I started reading Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian, and the final battle begins. And what an epic final battle it was!
The slow build up throughout the series and, even the book itself just placed everyone in place for their parts for the battle against the Titans (and Cronus). I really enjoyed (and was saddened by the fact) that, in spite of my expectations, there was a heavy death-toll taken in those final scenes. Like the Harry Potter series, it didn’t glorify the process of war, but rather showed the loss and damage that it can cause. Although, none of my favourite characters were lost, so I didn’t want to hurl the book away in depression (like I did with both the sixth and seventh Harry Potter books).
The entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians series tested Percy’s courage. But it was this final story that really put it to the test. I mean, he went up against the father of the gods for crying out loud! It also highlighted how his hubris could mean his downfall. Putting one’s loved ones before all else is, in theory, an honourable and desirable trait in someone. But when that has the potential to end the world… well, it is an interesting thought. It also made me wonder what my hubris would be.
Not to give anything away, but the final scene when Percy either triumphs or fails is wonderful. All along, you believe that you understand how the story will play out. Percy will fight Kronos, Percy will win, everyone is saved and happy. But, it doesn’t turn out like this. And I loved this! It is so much more fun when a book holds the power to shock and astound you.
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