Where to begin when reviewing the end? Hmm…
I haven’t posted a book review in a while because…(gasp) I haven’t finished a book in a while.
Huh. The minute I get all the free time in the world to read, my reading rate dramatically declines. Go figure.
It is the summer. Kronos’ forces are approaching Manhattan, Typhon is raging his way across the country, and Percy is going to turn 16 in a week.
Percy and his friends are preparing for battle, but it’s hard to have high spirits when the gods have abandoned Olympus to battle Typhon, Hades and Poseidon are kept in their respective realms, the Apollo and Ares cabins are at odds, there is a spy at camp and good friends are dying left and right.
No to mention that their former friend Luke is hosting Kronos with his body.
It becomes the responsibility of the demigods of Camp Half Blood to defend Olympus at all costs. And the Great Prophecy is about to be fulfilled.
There is a nostalgia that comes with reading the final book in any adventure series, and The Last Olympian is no exception. The nostalgia comes from seeing characters that you met in previous books, and see how far they’ve come over the course of the series.
This comes in bounds in the finale of the Percy Jackson series, with growth in many of the beloved characters: Thalia, Grover, Tyson, Clarisse, Nico, Rachel and, of course, Percy himself.
The one character I’m sure didn’t really change much is Annabeth, which is a little detrimental to her character, since she isn’t perfect. And while it’s fine to have static characters, it’s unfortunate that it had to be the lead female role.
In terms of plot, the final plot twists are particularly interesting, with the mysteries of the Great Prophecy and the mummified oracle in the attic to be solved, as well as the story of Luke’s childhood. It’s a well planned ending to the series, revealing all the missing holes in the story in an enjoyable and satisfying way.
The battle scenes are also well paced and well written, though sometimes its hard to keep track of exactly how many demigods are up and running at any given time. At the start, there are 40 teens running around Manhattan, but as the fighting continues and numbers start to drop, it hard to tell exactly how many people are left realistically.
What’s most touching in this book, however, are the scenes where it feels as though they are going to lose or when Percy is at a complete loss. A personal favourite of mine is when he finds his parents asleep in a car and completely loses it with panic, demanding they get them somewhere safe.
The Last Olympian neatly wraps up the Percy Jackson series, in some ways completely surprising the reader with its finer points. It doesn’t leave things completely fixed, but with the beginning of new growth.
I have enjoyed re-reading this series, and I will always enjoy re-reading it.
Recommendation for Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Bookmarked For Life. To fans of Harry Potter, other YA fantasy adventure, and greek mythology, you should definitely pick up this series. I promise you will enjoy it.