The Last Olympian

Zoe N. | August 18, 2013 | Review

The Last Olympian

The Last Olympian

by Rick Riordan

Series: "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" #5
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: May 2nd 2009
by Disney Hyperion

four-half-stars

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Summary:

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.

Review:

I am here because when all else fails, when all the other mighty gods have gone off to war, I am all that’s left. Home. Hearth. I am the last Olympian.The Goddess Hestia, to Percy

Series finales are always delicate things. They can either go sensationally (Mockingjay), or they can go dreadfully (Allegiant). Judging from the shiny 5-star badge, I suppose it’s not hard to guess how I feel about the way Riordan chose to end this series. (Spoiler: I loved it). It is such a fitting conclusion to such a wonderful and entertaining series, and I am so sad that I’ll have to let all these wonderful characters go.

All year, demigods and gods alike have been preparing for the war against the Titan Kronos and his recruits; knowing that the chances of winning are less than stellar. As Kronos begins his attack on New York City, with Mount Olympus basically unguarded, Percy and his friends must work harder than ever to stop the Titans. But before he can do that, he must come to terms not only with his own fate, but the fate of the entire world.

With great power… comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later. Nico di Angelo

In typical Rick Riordan fashion, The Last Olympian is jampacked with an abundance of action, humor and mythology. The urgency and tension are more present than ever before, and it is written wonderfully. There is sacrifice, there is betrayal, there is blood; all leaving you on the edge of your seat questioning what will happen next.

Something that is so impressive about this series as a whole is the character development, and that’s an area where The Last Olympian really shines. Riordan could have chose to write the story all about Percy and his accomplishments, but he doesn’t. Rather, he features a multitude of other characters throughout the course of the story and gives them their individual time in the spotlight to shine, rather than shining it on Percy for the entirety of the story. I thought this was such an effective character development technique, and I am so glad Rick Riordan wrote it that way.

The Last Olympian is a thrilling conclusion to an amazing series. I know I’ll be rereading all of Percy, Annabeth and Grover’s adventures quite soon. (Plus, the Percabeth = ♥♥♥!)

With a huge cheer, they carried us down the hill, but they kept us close enough to hold hands. Annabeth was laughing, and I couldn’t help laughing too, even though my face was completely red.
We held hands right up to the moment they dumped us into the water.
Afterward, I had the last laugh. I made an air bubble at the bottom of the lake. Our friends kept waiting for us to come up, but hey – when you’re the son of Poseidon, you don’t have to hurry.
And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.

four-half-stars

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