Publisher: Hyperion (October 4, 2011)
Hardcover: 576 pages
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
In the first pages of this standalone sequel to The Lost Hero, Percy Jackson remembers only his name and the name of Annabeth, a mysterious woman he associates somehow with the city of San Francisco. From those sparse clues, he must somehow complete a mission for the leader of the Roman camp even as he is being pursued by the two sisters of Medusa, who possess an apparently unquenchable thirst for vengeance: Even when killed, they spring back to life. Rick Riordan’s second Heroes of Olympus promises even more excitement than the first.
The long wait is over. Son of Neptune is out and available to any fans of the Percy Jackson/ Heroes of Olympus books.
This time we get to see Percy Jackson in this disoriented, amnesiac state. Due to Juno’s (Hera for those more accustomed to the gods’ Greek counterparts) meddling, Percy has been left without memories and placed in the hands of a “rival” camp, Camp Jupiter. The Roman version of Camp Half-Blood is much more regimented and ordered than Camp Half-Blood. The differences were interesting to read. More intriguing, though, was Percy’s reactions to the differences, especially when he’d been unsure as to the reason behind his discomfort/ niggling sense of displacement when among the Roman demi-gods.
Like how Jason got Leo and Piper to aid him, Percy’s friends in Camp Jupiter are Hazel and Frank. Hazel is a bit of a mystery at first. Sister to Nico di Angelo, Hazel’s abilities were kept quiet in the beginning, only alluding to the fact that her power was dangerous. Then with her blackouts, the reader finds out little-by-little more about her. Though potentially dangerous, Hazel comes across as a rather soft-spoken follower. But as the book goes on, the reader gets to see her pull her weight and tackle her “fate” head-on.
Frank is the one who changed the most throughout the course of the book. When we first met him, he came off as ditzy. He was sweet, clearly enamored with Hazel, but not as cool as Percy. However as the story progressed, it was becoming clearer that while Frank suffered from low self-esteem in his abilities, he was far from just uselessly tagging along with Hazel and Percy. Frank plays his part, and doesn’t let the reader down.
There’s just so much I want to talk about, but can’t for fear of spoilers. Instead, I’ll just say that this is most definitely a recommended read. If you like the Percy Jacson/ Heroes of Olympus series, this book is one you wouldn’t want to miss. If you haven’t read any of Rick Riordan’s books, then go start with “The Lightning Thief”. You won’t be disappointed.
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