Friday, October 23, 2009

The Last Olympian: Greek Mythology Has Never Been This Fun

The Percy Jackson series up to the finale has been fairly good. Enter The Last Olympian. The author, Rick Riordian, has ratcheted up the action to a level that is simply astonishing. The hero of the book is one Percy Jackson, who is the son of the god Poseidon. He has amazing powers and has teenage problems like who he should date. From Amazon, here is a brief description of the plot.

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of 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 Percy Jackson and the Olympians 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.

What made this book so fun to read was the incredible pace Riordian uses. He does not let up. Each time I read the book my mind would race with what would happen next. Riordian writes the characters into the corner several times, and each time the character breaks through the wall into the next room and is off and running.

What this one is about is action, action, action. That's what makes it good and that's what makes it better then all the others in the series. I can not tell you how many times I thought, this needs to be in a movie. Five minutes later, man, this needs to be in a movie. Percy is at times more powerful than superman. If you can, picture a smaller sixteen year old boy on the brooklyn bridge with a three foot long greek sword. In front of him are a hundred blood thirsty monsters, bad people, skeletons, and a twelve foot minotaur. Riordian has Percy rip into his enemies like a knife through butter. He doesn't just win the battle, but he literally decimates his enemies into wispy smoke. I haven't seen action like this since I last played the video game God of War.

Not only is the book fun, but it is also well written. It has great things to say about love, war, and peace. I promise that any one who will invest their time in reading this will absolutely love it. Whether you be ten or a hundred. Please, Please, Please pick Percy up. You will not be disappointed (unless you don't like fighting and a wuss)

Freaking 5 out of 5.


  1. Great review, I'm Greek and mythology bores me lol, but this book does sound cool!

  2. this book completely BLEW ME AWAY!!! It has everything: romance, action, suspense. I love how Percy and Annabeth fall in love at the end. You can really tell that the characters have matured a lot and it makes me want to start at the beginning all over again. So basically I LOVED the book and I think it was the best book in the series BY FAR!!! I am really going to miss this series a lot!!!!!!!