Book Review: The Last Olympian

Title/Author:  The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5)

Genre:  Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology, Adventure

Published:  May 5th, 2009 by Disney Hyperion for Kids

Hardcover, 381 pages.

How I Got This Book:  Actually found a Hardback edition in great condition in the Free Books Bin outside my local used bookstore.  lucky catch!

Why I Picked It Up?:  Because I HAD to know what happens to Percy and Annabeth and Grover and Tyson and Mount Olympus!  I just HAD to! =)

Book Jacket Blurb:  “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.”

My Review of this Work:

Warning:  Minor series spoilers ahead.  Continue at your own risk.

I must say, when I set out on this particular reading adventure, I was not really expecting to be as completely enamored by this series as I ended up being!  But good surprises are a treat!   And this series was definitely a GOOD SURPRISE!

From the get-go, Camp Half Blood has implemented a plan to prevent Kronos from getting close to Mount Olympus in the hopes of keeping it safe.  But as Kronos is a smart Titan, that plan is thwarted, and Percy makes a narrow escape from an exploding boat.  With the gods and goddesses fighting the powerful titan Typhon, the demigods must come together to fight Kronos/Luke and his minions, or risk their world fading into nothing.

From beginning to end, this final installment of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is nothing but excitement, adventure, and surprise!  What I absolutely loved the most about this novel was that each and every character we have been introduced to throughout the entire series plays some sort of role in this finale, whether it be a huge victory or a small victory.  Like any great fantasy series, every character has their role to play to defeat the evil power trying to take over, and that really compels the excitement in this story!

Most every loose end from the series is tied up by the end of this novel.  Finally, we get to hear THE PROPHECY that everyone has been talking about for 4 books!  You find out more about just who Nico di Angelo is and what side he is on!  You get to meet the last olympian god!  AND….you finally get to see what happens with Percy and Annabeth!

All in all, this series is a lot of fun!  And I think part of it comes from the likeable characters that Rick creates.  But the other part comes from the incorporation of the knowledge and history that is Greek Mythology!  I recently read Edith Hamilton’s Mythology because I wanted to see how accurate Rick’s incorporated mythology was (it has been a really long time since I studied Greek Mythology in school).  And I am not going to lie;  Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, while full of information, is very dry.  It was really hard for me to get through simply because it was written like a history of details.  But Rick Riordan uses all of the facts and stories of Greek mythology and incorporates them into this series in such a way that makes it easier to learn!  AND I LOVE THAT!  I remember having to make charts listing the Greek gods and goddesses and what they reigned over and what their plants and animals were.  But this novel makes it so much easier to remember and learn because all of these details are incorporated into this great story!

I appreciate what Rick Riordan has done for children’s lit with this series.  Not only has he created a story that is so fun and exciting, but he has done so in a way that allows for learning Greek mythology to be FUN and NOT DRY!  So thanks, Rick, for your wonderful series.  And I cannot wait to read The Kane Chronicles and The Heroes of Olympus!

My Bookshelf Review:

A Fourth Shelf Book!

Wow!  What a worthy conclusion to this fantastic Middle Grade fantasy series!  Rick does a fantastic job of bringing everything together in an exciting way!  And he still adds the plot twists that keep you guessing until the very end!  What a great series!  *Applause*  4.5!

Love and Cotton Balls,
Jennifer

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Last Olympian

  1. Amanda says:

    I loved these books. I am 23 years old but regardless LOLOL. They were great! Thanks for the post!I found your site through the list in the making connections group on goodreads. Hope you'll check out my site as well!!!-Amandahttp://shmandarinorange.blogspot.com

  2. Kislay Verma says:

    Nice review.Rick Riordan upped his game just as I was beginning to despair of this series. The Last Olympian is fast, exciting, philosophical, and emotional in right measures. Essentially everything that The Battle of the Labyrinth was not. I have done a more complete review at http://www.solomonsays.in/reviews/82. You might want to check it out and drop a line if you like it :)One thing I'll probably never understand is what took Riordan so long to make Percy grow up in? Had he built up the characters from The Titan's curse onwards, this could really have been a rather badass series. As it stands, the tone of The Last Olympian is so far different from its predecessor that it is disconcerting if you read them back to back.Still, a good end to a mostly nice series. On to the sequels now !

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