The Last Olympian

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Kindle Edition) – Read  May 5, 2012

Cost: $6.39 (As of This Post)

Official Description: (This is book 5 of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series)

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of 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 Percy Jackson and the Olympians 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.

My Take:

This is it… the final book of this series, and I finished it exactly 3 years after the original release date (it was released May 5, 2009). This was a pretty epic series, and most of the questions we have, everything that has happened, culminates in this final book, and what a book.

We start where we left off, and we abruptly are shaken from the attempted ‘normal’ summer that Percy is trying to have and thrown into the epic ending, and we finally get to find out the entire prophecy. I will tell you, there are surprises, but as well written as the series is you know how it’s going to end…right…well generally. I am a little sad to see this series end, but happy still that there’s another series that has started that involves our favorite demigods. This book is a must if you’ve read the first 4 books. I means you’ve read four books, you should find out how everything ends. I loved this rendition of Greek mythology, I think it’s a clever way to get younger kids into the myths and history. I like that Riordan made kids with ‘learning disabilities’ (ADHD & Dyslexia) into hero’s, after all everyone has something special about them and they can impact the world greatly, even if they have difficulties in some areas. I like how we wrapped up this series, and I hope to read more of Riordan’s books in the future.

Quote:

“ Their eyes can paralyze you; not the turn-you-to-stone Medusa-type paralysis, but the oh-my-gods-that-big-snake-is-going-to-eat-me type of paralysis, which is just as bad..”

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