Book Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #1
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
Source: Borrowed

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 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.

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 checked out The Lost Hero shortly after finishing The Lightning Thief, mostly because I’d heard this was a more interesting series that I might like a little more. And I did like it a little more, but did I love it? No.

To start, I was just confused at the beginning of this book. I knew it was a new series with new characters, but then Annabeth showed up! And she started referencing all these things that I assume are spoilers for the Percy Jackson series! Everyone’s worried about Percy and where he went! I thought this was a new series. It was a little unexpected, but I adjusted my expectations.

I think that the biggest problem I had with this book was that it’s 557 pages and hardly anything happens. Jason, Piper, and Leo run around on their quest, encountering all of these gods and characters from various myths, but I don’t really feel like I got 557 pages of plot. And that’s not to say that it’s a bad book or anything. Riordan is setting up three brand new characters, all with their own backstories and problems and goals, but yikes, I hope the rest of the series is more interesting than this book.

I really want to love Rick Riordan’s books, but I just don’t so far. I might give Son of Neptune a try, but I’m going to get through some more of my TBR first.

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