The Lost Hero (#1 of 5) by Rick Riordan
Published Year: 2010
Genre: YA Fantasy
"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?"
Well guys, GUESS WHAT YEAR IT WAS PUBLISHED IN?! DID YOU GUESS 2010!?! YEP THAT'S RIGHT! Now, that we got that over with, we can move right along.
I've been putting off reading this series (since 2010 obvi) due to RR's evil tendency to end his books on hideous cliffhangers. This is your warning. He loves cliffhangers. Loves them. And The Lost Hero is no exception. Excellent cliffy at the end. Straight to book two for me!
We have an entirely new set of characters! I honestly was skeptical because I am Percabeth + Grover through and through and I was not ready to switch to new characters. I didn't want to, at all. But RR seemed to be prepared for those thoughts and loyalties. The feel of this book is just different.
Jason doesn't feel like Percy and he doesn't try to win you over like Percy does. He's not funny and quirky. He's straightforward and very between the lines. Not at all like Percy. Which made The Lost Hero itself entirely different and it was really quick to adjust to the feel of this book and cast of characters. I was actually surprised at how quickly I was able to adjust. Piper was great too; I was 100% not ready to like a daughter of Aphrodite. Not that I had anything against them, but I had innate prejudices apparently, and she blew them all away, one by one as I realized I had them. Team Piper. Also, I'm a Leo man! He was fantastic, too. What I'm saying is all three of them were fantastic. In typical RR fashion, he knows how to do multiple characters well, and how to balance multiple personalities. I can't fault him on that.
This book was full of surprises. I think that's my review in a sense. Just be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Not in a like TWIST HERE, TWIST THERE kind of way, but a like, wasn't really expecting that and I liked it way. The only negative is that the title of the book is The Lost Hero, and by the end of the book nothing is really resolved as to where that specific, important hero is. I feel like RR is just stretching that plot point out to torture us, and I wasn't a fan.
4 out of 5 stars.