Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hoedown, Olympian Throwdown: New York Edition • The Last Olympian

The Last Olympian book cover
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians #5
Previous Books: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse + The Battle of the Labyrinth
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
Publication Date: May 5, 2009
Source/Format: Bought || Hardcover

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.

The Last Olympian is a particularly good way to end a series (if such a conundrum exists). It's filled with more adventure, friendships, clever twists and turns of events and a good ending. I couldn't put the book down once I started it - any fan of the series will attest to this, I'm certain.

With a rousing large rabble of characters - gods, demigods, monsters and mortals - there was an incredible amount of information to absorb. I appreciate that more campers were given a chance to step up in this book (unlike previously when the books usually focused on the campers on missions or on errant campers), especially in the showdown battle that occurs in Manhattan. It made for a good read, seeing new personalities or personalities we've barely heard about, come to life in the fight to save Mt. Olympus.

It was crazy trying to figure out what the prophecy really meant - especially after Rachel's revelation. I couldn't figure it out, so when it did finally end up playing out in the way that it was meant to, I was left stunned. I was left completely, entirely stunned. (In fact, even during my re-reading, I still found it so clever how the prophecy actually meant to end that way. Kudos to Rick Riordan - I did not see that coming!)

The way the book wraps up is great too; we're left with resolutions for every single character (I particularly enjoy Rachel's new role and the Percy-Annabeth relationship), but there's also a hint of possibility for a new book (because of the new prophecy unleashed in the last few pages). I would definitely recommend The Last Olympian - it's a brilliant read, a wonderful blend of reality and imagination, especially in a middle grade novel.

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