Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review: The Son of Neptune

*This will contain spoilers for The Lost Hero*

Title: The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Year published: 2012
How I got this book: School library
Why I read this book: I liked The Lost Hero
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

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 any 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 her mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for an 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 infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. he trusts her completely - enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart. 

My thoughts:
First of all, this book was funny. It made me laugh at several occasions, and I absolutely loved it, especially Terminus at the end of the book.

Even though this is the sequel to the lost hero, we follow three "new" kids. Percy Jackson is one of them, and then two people - Hazel and Frank - whom he meets at camp Jupiter, the camp for half-bloods from Roman gods. 

I really enjoyed reading as Percy again, I've missed him, but the Hazel and Frank were great as well. I think Rick does an amazing job at writing from several perspectives without it being confusing. I always knew who I was reading as, and it was easy to follow. 

There's a lot of flashbacks in this book, both from Hazel's and Frank's POV. We learn about their past, and why they are they way they are. We meet another character from the Percy Jackson series as well, Nico di Angelo, and even though he's not a big character in this book, I'm certain he will come back in the next books. 

I don't really have much to say about his book, except that it's a typical Percy Jackson book. It's funny, exciting and extremely fast paced. I already have the next book sitting in my shelf, so I can jump straight into it, and I can't wait. 

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