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The Last Olympian By Rick Riordan Smoothie Review
So here it is. The review on the last book in the “Percy Jackson and The Olympians,” series, and it took me forever to get this book. Believe it or not, there’s nothing to do in my small pacific northwest town and a lot of people read. And apparently I was not the only Percy Jackson fan, because where ever I turned this book, the store was sold out. So I had to order it online. And the book had to get lost in the shipping for crying out loud. But now I finally have it and I finally read it, and here’s my review. The review is on The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
So the book is the last book in the Percy Jackson series. And all the events from the last four novels lead up to a prophecy concerning Percy Jackson determining the fate of the world and gods on his sixteenth birthday. Kronos has risen from the underworld in the host of Luke, and created an army of demigods, monsters and titans to destroy Olympus (which conveniently is on the top of the empire state building) The great volcanic titan Typhon breaks out of the volcano back in California. As it begins to cross country, the gods rush to battle to keep it from reaching Olympus. While the gods are away, Percy rushes into Manhattan to save Olympus as the Titan army invades. And for the most part, this story is a war. Just as Sea of Monster is a re imagining of the Oddysee, this a re imaging of the Illiad. The story is also constructed with flashbacks chronicling the relationship between Luke and Annabeth as children as well, to give it more depth beyond the war.
The good? Very much like the Harry Potter series, by the time you read the last book, you see how much these characters have grown. And you have just as much love for them as you would Hermoine, Ron or Harry. This starts out with Percy being a warrior as in the first book he was a kid who tripped over his own feet. His relationship with Annabeth is deeper than just being friends. And they are much more layered than they once were. But it’s still drama. The book is still very light hearted despite the end of the world and deaths of many characters. And action. There is a lot of action, and it never stops and the book keeps on adding something new. And for those of you who are remembering having to read the Illiad in high school, the lasting memory probably is it was very boring as hell. But this is not boring. This is one of the best re imaginings I ever seen and one thing it is not, is boring.
The bad? Well I have one complaint really. In the older books, they were always going to new places and this was all mainly a war in Manhattan. Sure, it always did throw something new at the reader, but it was still very predictable. But like I said, it is a very small complaint. I don’t have much else to say.
Overall this is a very good conclusion. It is even better ( I might make some people mad here) than the drawn out Harry Potter finale that found personally disappointing. But this is great, It has a lot of action and is just flat out fun. Is it perfect? No. I think it has some flaws, but no big ones. I would recommend to anyone. It is most definitely worth the read.
Overall rating: A Action Packed Near Perfect Finale To A Great Series
4 smoothies out of four
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