The Last Olympian
Percy Jackson is almost 16. He has seen more in the past few years than many of us will see in a lifetime. He is a Half-Blood, the son of Poseidon. The Greek Gods are still in the world and still mating with mortals on occasion. When he was 11 he learned his true identity (check out The Lightening Thief). He also heard the prophecy that could he might fulfill- but perhaps not. A child of one of the big three (Zeus, Poseidon, or Hades) would make a choice by the time s/he is 16 that would either save or destroy the world.
Kronos, one of the Titans who preceded the Greek Gods, is trying to return and depose his children and retake his throne. He has taken over the body and consciousness of one of Percy's half blood friends, Luke. Kronos has pulled the allegiance of other Titans and is taking the war to New York City. If they can take over Olympus at the top of the Empire State Building, the Greek Gods will lose their thrones and the world will be destroyed.
Typhon is spreading storms starting in the west and moving to the east, creating natural disasters all along its path. Most of the Greek Gods are out fighting Typhon. Poseidon is fighting one in the ocean. Morpheus puts the citizens of New York City to sleep. The mortals never notice a war is being waged all around them. Because the Gods are either busy or staying away (Hades and his group) it is up to residents of Camp Half-Blood to save New York. It's doubtful any of them are more than 18 or so. Percy is leading the attack.
If you haven't discovered Percy Jackson yet, don't pick up this book. Pick up the first one instead and follow through the fantasy series. Rick Riordan has built up his story line to end here in The Last Olympian. Beloved characters return, Annabeth, another half-blood, Grover, a satyr, Tyson, a cyclops and Percy's half-brother, Rachel, a mortal who can see the Gods, Blackjack, a pegasus, and many more. All are needed if they want to defeat the Titans.
The Last Olympian brings the series together in style. Percy's smart aleck tone is not as sharp as in earlier novels, but he is busy fighting a war. The reading is easy and will be appreciated by the young reader, yet doesn't talk down to that age group, either. I have recommended The Lightening Thief to numerous young readers, including some who visit the Friends of the Library bookstore where I work three evenings a month.
Although the pace isn't quite as good in this last book, Rick Riordan still keeps his readers' interest. In real life Riordan is a school teacher. In the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series he is continuing that calling. How many people young and old are learning Greek mythology? Without it, you wouldn't have this series.
Percy is the hero all kids can identify with. He's dyslexic and a slow learner - because Greek is his natural language. What kid with reading problems wouldn't want to find that s/he has a Greek God for a parent? Cool...
Notice: Non-graphic violence
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