10.30.2011

Book Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan


Percy is confused. When he awoke from 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 with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring and bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem - when the Voice took over he mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for and evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from 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 win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely - enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.
 My Review: First of all, I missed Percy. That's why I didn't really like The Lost Hero. It didn't have Percy. The Son of Neptune definitely had a lot of Percy. Second, it explained a lot about the first book. It explained why Jason and Percy had lost their memories and what was happening with the gods. Also, it was funny. That's why I loved Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It's quotes like these that make me love the books: "I will trample you to death, silly Chinese Canadian baby man." (page 341).

So like it says in the synopsis above, this book starts out with Percy in the "other" half-blood camp. The Roman camp. Percy doesn't know who he his or why he's here. He does know that he's lost his memories and that he came from somewhere else. That's another reason I liked this one more; Jason didn't remember anything. Percy was better at connecting the dots. It was really cool to have all the Roman stuff Jason talked about in The Lost Hero explained. A lot of new characters were introduced. Some were re-introduced from a different perspective. There were even a few familiar faces, particularly ones I didn't expect to be there.

This book definitely held a lot of surprises. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and I finished it in one sitting. With all the answers and explanations came more questions, and sadly hardly any of them were answered. There was also a lot of familiarity and references to Percy Jackson and the Olympians. That was great. Unfortunately, there was a pretty steep cliffhanger ending. Unfortunately, the next book, The Mark of Athena doesn't come out for another year. Sigh.

I loved this book and highly recommend it to any Percy Jackson fans, especially if you were disappointed in The Lost Hero like I was. This more than makes up for it. Plus, the cover is pretty cool, don't you think?



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