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Books in 2010, #5

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#5. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan


The powerful Titan Kronos is on the march with his army, and Olympus is in serious danger. It’s a war none too different from the ol’ days when the Greek gods fought Kronos and took him apart. Alas, things are looking much bleaker for Poseidon and company since some comrades have now shown their true colors, but thankfully they have some nimble-witted demigods on their side.

The Last Olympian opens to action fast and does not let up until it is all over. This, I loved. The pacing is the best of the series so far, and you really feel the tension and struggle building over each chapter. Side characters come to the forefront, and I honestly thought I knew how it would all go down, y’know, in typical YA fantasy form, with the Young Jedi’s master sacrificing himself and Harry finding the power to truly destroy He Who Should Not Be Named from within. But Riordan actually managed to surprise me, with in itself is surprising when the series revolves around a rather obvious yet-to-happen prophecy.

However, he still can’t write his way out of a paper bag when it comes to love, but there’s so much else going on here that emotions of the heart hardly matter when hellhounds are on the hunt and gods are unsure. There’s also, again, a heavy reliance on Percy’s dreams to either move the plot forward or fill in the gaps. After five books of this, I’m pretty dreamed out. Lastly, there was no need to imply that The Beatles were demigods; it’s like that scene in Men in Black when the computer monitors are showing a bunch of aliens across the galaxy and we some familiar faces in the mix. Just silly for silly's sake, and that's funny considering how silly Percy is in his battle-ready quotes, but whatever. I just didn't like it.

But yeah. There are some really fun action sequences, as well as a couple of red herrings that for those that love to geek over Greek will warm their hearts even if they ultimately don’t add much to the plot. The majority of loose ends are tied up neatly, and the death toll still leaves Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as king of the hill. Lastly, The Last Olympian ends with the hint of more. Truthfully, I think it’s done enough. Percy Jackson has come of age, stopped Bowser, and saved the princess. No other castle needed. That’s all, folks.

The only bad thing about all of this? I will now have to find another YA series to get hooked on.

SIDENOTE: semisuite  and I are planning to check out The Lightning Thief, the movie which is based on the first book. Save for the part where Percy Jackson is twelve, not seventeen. And other things. Also, don’t you love when trailers spoil big plot points? Yes, we’re worried overall, but maybe, just maybe, it’ll be okay. Keep your fingers crossed for that one.

Comments

j_cheney
Feb. 11th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
We're thinking of going to see it Monday...so don't spoil it all for us by revealing Percy's true identity!
pabba
Feb. 11th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
You got it! Can I still reveal that Annabeth is actually Lady Gaga though?
j_cheney
Feb. 11th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
::gasps::

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