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Book Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan 
Series: Heroes of Olympus, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 553 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 12th 2010 by Disney ● Hyperion Books
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Eksynyt Sankari”. This review might contain spoilers.

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 his best friend is a guy named Leo. They’re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids,” as Leo puts it. What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anything—except that everything seems very wrong.

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, whether she wants to or not.

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?

Join new and old friends from Camp Half-Blood in this thrilling first book in The Heroes of Olympus series. Best-selling author Rick Riordan has pumped up the action, humor, suspense, and mystery in an epic adventure that will leave readers panting for the next installment.

I remember Percy Jackson much better than Heroes of Olympus for some reason despite it being longer since I read Percy Jackson for the first time. It was nice, though since it felt like reading The Lost Hero for the first time.

“I’m not good with children,” the god confessed. “Or people. Well, any organic life forms, really.”

It was very confusing to get used to roman god names, since they’re not familiar to me at all. I’ll probably still have difficulty which Roman god is which Greek god when I finish this series.

The first book focuses on Jason, Piper and Leo. Jason has lost all his memories and it’s nice to follow, how he dealt with this and how Piper dealt with the fact that her memories with Jason are fake.

Jason reminds me a bit about Percy. He wants to do his best to make Jupiter proud of him and despite loosing his memories he’s a good ‘leader’ of his group.

Leo had had a very hard life and it was nice to find out a little backstory about all the things he went through, mostly with his Aunt Callida. I found Leo annoying in later books from what I remember but from new characters he’s one of my favorites and I could really relate to how he felt not good enough with someone like Jason around, no matter how much Leo loves him.

I really love Jason and Leo but through the whole book I only think ‘meh’ about Piper. I feel bad for her but I don’t really get why everyone loves her so much. Perhaps I just can’t enjoy any female characters written by Riordan. Thalia is growing on me, though.


3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan”

  1. I prefer Piper to Jason 😄 I think Jason felt too much like Percy and there can only be one Percy. I love Leo because he’s annoying (which is an unfortunate side effect of ADHD 🤦🏻‍♀️). I’ll be interested to see your ranking of the Heroes of Olympus series, as Lost Hero is my least favourite book,


      1. That is true but that can also be a bit due to the ADHD – a lot of thoughts and comments, etc, go unfiltered and sometimes we say things and only remember that’s insensitive later. Not that I’m condoning insensitive behaviour, but it does come with ADHD. As for his humour, I sort of have that too 😄


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