Disney/Hyperion Books, 2011. 978-1-42314-059-7
Synopsis: Percy Jackson, Hero of Camp Half-Blood, is suffering from amnesia thanks to the Roman goddess Juno (Greek: Hera) and has no idea who he is or anything about his past. He finds his way to Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Half-Bood and makes friends with camp outcasts Hazel and Frank, who save him from attacking gorgons as he makes his way to camp. The Roman god Mars appears to the campers during a war game and charges Percy, Frank, and Hazel with the task of going north to Alaska to free Death, who is being held captive. The three clearly play a role in the Prophecy of Seven, but their parts have yet to be determined in the quest to help the gods fight a battle that will affect the fate of the world.
Why I picked it up: I ate through the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and the first book, The Lost Hero this last summer and have been pretty much obsessed ever since. Also, epic cover is epic.
Why I finished it: Riordan, like in the first book, tells the story in omniscient third person narrative, which each chapter focusing on Percy, Hazel, or Frank. The upside to this is that we are getting more than one account of the story. The downside to this is that I felt too much trying to be stuck into one character’s point of view and this sometimes resulted in any of the three describing events that they might not actually know is happening. I liked the introduction of Hazel and Frank, partially because they are two kids that are doing the best with what they have and trying to figure out who they are, which was a large part of why I enjoyed the Olympians series so much. Percy is still a likable character this time around, but there was still portions of the writing where I felt Riordan was trying to make everything about Percy again, and I’m under the impression that Heroes of Olympus is meant to be telling a story besides Percy’s. But the series isn’t over yet, and since I read through this book so fast, have to figure out a way to stave myself off until the third book comes out this next fall. A crash course in Greek and Roman Mythology might be necessary for brushing up on some of the gods and goddesses, because there is inevitably going to be a Roman counterpart for the Greek. Also, if anyone can figure out all of the relationships the gods/goddesses had (with each other and with mortals) without their head exploding, send me a diagram….
Other related materials: The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) by Rick Riordan; Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan; The Kane Chronicles books by Rick Riordan; The Inheritance Cycle books by Christopher Paolini; The Ranger’s Apprentice books by John Flanagan; Brotherband Chronicles books by John Flanagan; Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima; Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters by Donna Jo Napoli and Christina Balit; Oh My Gods!: A Look-It-Up Guide to the Gods of Mythology by Megan E. Bryant; She’s All That!: A Look-It-Up Guide to the Goddesses of Mythology by Megan E. Bryant; What A Beast!: A Look-It-Up Guide to the Monsters and Mutants of Mythology by Sophia Kelly; All in the Family: A Look-It-Up Guide to the In-laws, Outlaws, and Offspring of Mythology by Steven Otfinoski; Mythology for Teens: Classic Myths for Today’s World by Zachary Hamby