Sunday, February 12, 2012
Son of Neptune
Percy is confused. When he awoke after his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain-fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight. Somehow Percy managed to make it to the camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he had to continually kill monsters that, annoyingly, would not stay dead. But the camp doesn't ring any bells with him.
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. When the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now, because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother claims he is descended from ancient heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery—although not good enough to help the Fifth Cohort win at war games. His big and bulky physique makes him feel like a clumsy ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely—enough, even, to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Yay! I finally was able to read the 2nd book in the Heroes of Olympus series! Sorry it took me a while to get this review up, I read it over Christmas break. It. Was. Awesome.
Okay, it was really good, I always enjoy Rick Riordan's sense of humor that he gives to Percy and the others. There are always a few laugh-out-loud moments, and sometimes it's from reading his hilarious chapter headings. Really, if you haven't jumpped on the greek mythology fiction bandwagon, please read The Lightning Thief first and go from there. If you can remember learning the Pantheon in school, or enjoy mythology this will make you smile and congratulate Riordan for his creativity in placing mythology in the present day.
As for the second installment, I was interested to note as I read, that while I loved it, I really really enjoyed the first one better. Hearing different characters usually drives me insane, but this book really works. I missed hearing about Jason and the others, and wondered about them the whole time. But meeting Frank (cute kid) and Hazel was so much fun. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED reading this book, but I just like the first one better. Minimally. Marginally. You get it.
4 out of 5