For those following along at home, we’ve come to the exciting conclusion of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Camp Half Blood) series by Rick Riordan. We’ve seen Percy battle gods and demigods on his quest to rid the world of Kronos and his evildoers and protect Mount Olympus from his attacks. Filled with adventure and excitement, Riordan’s final work was just as explosive as I expected it to be.
Once again we follow Percy and his misadventures as he attempts to stave off an attack by Kronos and his followers as they attempt to lay siege to Manhattan, more specifically Mount Olympus. At the onset, Percy and Beckendorf try to take out the Princess Andromeda (Kronos’ ship) in a stealth mission. Kronos is prepared for the attack, however, and Beckendorf sacrifices his life to destroy the ship. Injured in the attack, Percy wakes up in his father Poseidon’s underwater palace, and meets his cyclops half-brother, Tyson. Although he wants to stay and help his father fight off an attack by the Titan Oceanus, Poseidon sends Percy back to Camp Half Blood, where he soon leaves to receive a blessing from his mother and bathe in the River Styx. Percy then travels to Manhattan, where they must defend the opening to Mount Olympus (conveniently located at the Empire State Building). They face an enormous onslaught from Kronos’ massive army, and are pushed back to the entrance of Mount Olympus itself. What will happen to Percy? Will he be able to protect the other gods from Kronos and his minions?
Riordan has REALLY outdone himself with The Last Olympian. The last third of the book is one of the most epic battle sequences I’ve ever read. The demigods have really come into their own and show it. It’s amazing to read how well they’ve honed their skills and how they fight against the oldest monsters on Earth. Their dedication to the fight, to the gods, and to good is astonishing. Percy has yet again matured, this time into a leader instilling hope into not only the demigods, but the gods themselves. He is able to convince those you’d least expect into believing that he and the demigods are capable of saving Olympus.
While the subject matter of the novel is serious and at times very dark, Riordan finds a way to add humor and lightness to the story, in the form of the party ponies. The party ponies are groups of centaurs from across the US that get together for conventions and just party. Chiron convinces them to join the demigods’ fight against Kronos, and they really help turn the battle back in the demigods favor. The dialogue that is written for them is hysterical, especially reading about some of them battling the Titans and calling them “dude”. I’ve come to expect this subtle humor from Riordan’s writing. It breaks up the darker pieces of the novel and allows the reader to breathe and regroup from the sadder portions of the novel.
I can’t imagine a better ending to this series. Riordan has made the reader become so invested in the lives of Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and all the other characters, and given them an ending we can be proud of. More importantly, this ending is satisfying. If you still (after all of my reviews) have NOT picked up this series, then you are seriously missing out. Tell every young adult you know about this series and get them to read it. It’s intelligent, fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, and so much more. I’ve been told that Riordan has already published two more books delving into the next chapters of Percy’s life. You can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be reading those ASAP.
5 out of 5 Stars