Book Review – The Last Olympian

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Title: The Last Olympian [Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5]

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology

Length: 381

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5

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Description/Synopsis:

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This was just such an awesome way to end a truly good series.

The gods have left Olympus to try and stop Typhon, Percy’s fathers world is all but shattered, and Kronos and the Titons move to attack Olympus while the gods are distracted. Percy must come to understand how Luke was able to host the body of Kronos without being destroyed with the help of Nico in order to stand a chance against the time lord and protect his home and the home of the gods.

This review will probably be filled with spoilers, so if you don’t want any I suggest you just take my word that it was awesome and read and then move onto another review.

From page one pretty much this book starts off with a bang and doesn’t really stop until the end. This book is filled with everything and everyone plus a few knew things and people to add to the drama.

When you go into a series like this, I at least, expect the happy ending. I was pleasantly surprised about how our happy ending came about though. We has this prophecy shoved in our face the entire series and even though we know those prophecies can be tricky Riordan still found a way to end everything neatly and gives us a few touching and also a little bit saddening surprises as to how it was all going to come about. I think we all knew that Luke was going to die, but he sacrificed himself for everyone else and I so respected him for that. Annabeth FINALLY accepted that he couldn’t be saved but I know that was so hard for her.

One way our hero’s get help is Annabeth (I think it was Annabeth anyway I should have taken notes!) after reading work and plans that Daedalus had given her she works out that all the statues in the city could be made to come alive and be given an objective like “Wake the other statues” or “Kill the enemy” was really really interesting. I would love to see that happen in a movie. I also loved Grovers new found Wild powers that he gained from Pan. He has a lot of issues ahead of him trying to get nature more of place in the world but I believe in him! Poseidon really was not kidding about how a sand dollar could be useful if Percy could work out how to spend it. That was an awesome scene.

I loved that Percy and Annabeth finally got together. Their underwater kiss was just so adorable.

When we found out the poor Oracle’s, you know the mummy in the attic, back story I felt so so so so so bad for her. Just so devastated her. She really must have suffered all those long years. Though I kind of think its a bit creepy that Rachel became the Oracle I am so happy that she did because it gave that other poor girl and chance to finally rest. Also, it took her out of the running to be with Percy.

When Percy saves the day the Gods grant him a wish (or two really) for all he had done. He thankfully turned down the offer of immortality (I was freaking out a second when I thought he might accept!) but he makes the god accept all their half blood children and give EVERY god’s child a cabin at camp half-blood if they wished to be there. This made me so happy for children like Nico and for the minor gods like Hestia who normally just got over looked because they were not important enough or because they didn’t ‘fit’ right with the rest.

I would more than willing pick this series up again. There was start up for the next series which I am so looking forward to reading as well! Everyone should at least read this part of the series. I don’t think I have a single bad thing to say about this book. Read. It.

 

Till Next Time…

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