The Heroes of Olympus: The lost heroes is the first book in Rick Riordan’s second series of books about Greek (and now Roman) mythology set in modern day USA.
It starts with Jason waking up on a bus and having no idea who he is or why he’s there, even though his friend, Leo, and girlfriend, Piper, think they know who he is.
Pretty quickly, he’s taken up by the demi gods, along with Piper and Leo, and they head off to Camp Half Blood where they meet Annabeth. Annabeth is from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, for those of you who do not know.
I’m really interested in how Rick Riordan is tying together the Greek gods from the first series with the Roman goes and building up how they work together. There is enough “real” mythology in here that one could hope it would inspire kids to learn more without overwhelming them with a dense history lesson.
At first, The Lost Hero wasn’t clipping along with the same ease that the books in Percy Jackson and the Olympians was but once the action got going it really picked up. In all fairness, I totally understand the change of page because it is a more complicated storyline to establish with tying together two major sets of ancient gods and not wanting to give the readers all of the major plot turns relating to it that are bound to come up throughout the series.
I also liked that Piper and Leo were also POV characters, instead of just telling it from the POV of Jason. With how the story is rolling, there are good reasons for this besides just “let’s hear their perspective”. In any case, it’s cool when you hear from several different characters.
All in all, it’s a nice easy read with interesting snippets of Greek/Roman mythology and I would totally recommend it.
For those of you who are interested in this book, the entire series is preceded by Percy Jackson and the Olympians (5 books) and followed by The Heroes of Olympus: The son of Neptune (book 2). I think you could probably get by without reading the Percy Jackson books first, but it would really help to establish the world that this series is operating in (but, seriously, not 100% necessary).
Title: The Heroes of Olympus: The lost hero (book 1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Page Count: 533
Genre: Young adult, Fantasy, Greek mythology, Roman mythology