Thursday, November 27, 2014

Book Review: The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson #5), by Rick Riordan

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson And The Olympians #5), by Rick Riordan
★★★ ½ (rounding up to 4)

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 fate!!!
In A Sentence: A good ending to a fun series

My Thoughts: Well that was fun! There were some great lines in this novel that made me chuckle aloud. I think I laughed more with this book than with the previous installments. The humor definitely added to the story, since this novel contained the final, climatic battle. A battle like this is a serious event, so it’s nice to have jokes peppered throughout the fighting to break up the tension. Without the comedy, this book would have felt a little melodramatic and cheesy.
Everything concluded well, too. I liked the solution that was brought to the table: it creates a happy ending while at the same time acknowledging that this peace won’t last forever. Without spoiling anything else, this was a good final novel.
I know there are other books within the Percy Jackson world, and I might read them, but for now I need to get back to my original reading list. I would strongly recommend this series for kids and teenagers alike. Adults would love it too, so go find a copy and start reading this series! It’s good, light-hearted fun from beginning to end!

Some Fun Quotes:
-“The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car. Up until then I was having a great afternoon.”

-“Nico's mouth hung open. ‘You just... With a sword... You just—‘I think the river thing worked,’ I said. ‘Oh gee,’ he said sarcastically. ‘You think?’”

-“He (Paul) patted Mrs. O'Leary's snout. The living room wall shook— BOOM, BOOM, BOOM— which either meant a SWAT team was breaking down the door or Mrs. O'Leary was wagging her tail.”

-Tyson: “Yay! You are not dead! I like it when you are not dead!" Percy: "Yeah buddy, so do I.”

-Enemy giants moved towards the breach, and Tyson picked up the fallen warrior’s club. He yelled something to his fellow blacksmiths—probably “For Poseidon!”—but with his mouth full of peanut butter it sounded like, “PUH PTEH BUN!” His brethren all grabbed hammers and chisels, yelled, “PEANUT BUTTER!” and charged behind Tyson into battle.

-“He (Beckendorf) tossed me a jar of thick green liquid-Greek fire, one of the most dangerous magical substances in the world. Then he threw me another essential tool of a demigod heroes- duct tape.”

-“The last time I'd seen the Minotaur, he'd been wearing nothing but his tighty whities. I don't know why. Maybe he'd been shaken out of bed to chase me.”

-“I don't recommend shadow travel if you're scared of:(a) The dark (b) Cold shivers up your spine (c) Strange noises (d) Going so fast you feel like your face is peeling off. In other words, I thought it was awesome.”

-Percy: "Please man for old times' sake?" Grover: "As I recall, in the old times we almost died a lot.”

-Percy: “Tyson?" Tyson: "Yay! Your brain works!”

-Nico: “With great power... comes great need to take a nap.”

-Tyson: “Not your fault, brother. Kronos does not explode good. Next time, we will use a big stick.”

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