I loved The Last Olympian. It was my favorite book of the Percy Jackson series by a long shot, and was just the kind of conclusion the series needed, in my opinion.
In this review, I want to talk about the Percy Jackson series as a whole too, so at the end I’m going to share some of my final thoughts on it. ;) Savvy?
Let’s get into it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
“The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.”
(Pssst… In case you missed it, this is a review for the fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson series. You can find my reviews for the first, second, third, and fourth ones here (1), here (2), here (3), and here (4))
So okay. The Last Olympian was kind of fantastic. The book felt more grand-scale than the rest, and a little more purposeful as well.
And yes. That’s a five star rating you see up there. No, it’s not a mistake. I’ve given a Percy Jackson book a five star rating at last. This is not a drill. I repeat, this is not a drill.
I finally got used to the tone of the book and what to expect, I guess, so that might have been a contributer to the fifth star. ;) But I honestly really enjoyed it—maybe not enough for a full five stars, but for sure enough to round up to it. :)
(Goodness, I need to lay off the smiley faces. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A STUDIOUS REVIEW. And I’m failing…miserably.)
But, back to Percy Jackson.
I’m definitely a reader who enjoys action sequences and battle scenes, just because it means that there’s something at stake worth fighting for, so I was pretty thrilled when a grand-scale fight presented itself fairly early on. There were twists and turns in the plot I didn’t expect and the plot was much more complex in this installment with the plots of four previous books twisting together at last. I felt like that complexity had been lacking before, so I loved The Last Olympian even more for filling that gap. (At least, it was a gap to me—spare me your censure. ;))
The characters were as awesome as ever. Honestly, they’re the reason I’ve stuck with this series. I love their humor, their authenticity, and their innocence. They make a fantastic team. Watching characters grow is one of my favorite parts about reading, and Riordan did a beautiful job with that here. Nico’s character arc continues to enthrall me (THE DUDE IS AMAZING), and I love seeing his interactions with the other characters. He’s a faceted character with relational tensions with his family, strong will, destructive flaws, trust problems—writing it out, he sounds like a terrible character, but maybe it’s the broken characters that grab me most. I feel for them. In any case, his arc was fantastic and I’m hoping I’ll see more of him in the future. ;) Annabeth felt more balanced (somehow she started to tick me off in The Battle of the Labyrinth???), and Percy was such a pleasant narrator (as always).
I always love to see how Riordan meshes classic Greek mythology with modern-day Manhattan, and I only wish I would have known more of it so I could have understood what was going on better! The Olympians were hilarious to read about in a modern-day context as well—they felt more authentic in a sense. They had lots of realistic flaws and the scenes with them all together fighting like the snarky siblings they are were my favorite. ;) (I cannot wait to read Trials of Apollo because of it! But who knows, maybe that element won’t be there at all!)
As for the series as a whole, in the course of five books, I have become a definite Percy Jackson fan. ;) (Maybe not a crazily enthusiastic fan like I am with other series’, but hey, it’s cool.) I’ve had a blast reading them and learning/brushing up on Greek mythology. The adventures were fun to read about and very lighthearted, and I appreciated that. I was never IN LOVE with the series though, like I probably would have been if I read it earlier. (I seriously regret not picking up The Lightning Thief years ago.) I don’t know if it’s a series I’ll want to read again, though, as much as I did enjoy it this time around. I can’t wait to read more about the Percy Jackson world in the next series’, however! I have a feeling they’re going to be pretty great. ;)
I can understand why so many people love the Percy Jackson series; I liked it a lot! But unfortunately, I didn’t love it like I’d hoped. I think I read it too late for it to have the impact it could have had on me.
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