Author: Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Description: 513 pages, Young Adult Fiction
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.
At The “Other” Camp
I was really excited by the thought of a new camp for demigods, and I thought that it was a clever idea to acknowledge the Roman side of the gods as well as the Greek. I found it all but fair at first, that Camp Jupiter was bad-ass in ways Camp Half Blood could only hope to be- their system was more organized, their rules more disciplinary, their camp twice in size, and their war elephant actually existent. Given the choice, however, I would stick to Camp Half-Blood, because apart from being the better option to actually camp at, the environment was also warmer and friendlier, and honestly, Camp Jupiter feels not so much like a camp as opposed to the military. Additionally, Rachel Dare is a non-hostile, teddy bear friendly oracle who’s actually effective at being an oracle. Plus, they don’t have to strut around in bed sheets, while simultaneously trying to hold their dignities together. On the overall scale, I honestly enjoyed this book, as well as the concepts behind the new camp, and in the long run, I found myself enjoying this book better than the previous, a) because Percy is in it b) because Frazel over Jasper any day (though I have nothing against Jasper, either).
You Can Be Anything
I took this figuratively at first, and I thought it was a really cheesy encouragement that was so vague it couldn’t possibly have been encouraging. Now that I get what it really means for Frank Zhang, however, I believe this gives him by far the most ass-kicking powers of the seven. Frank was Leo’s counterpart in this group, although he and Leo could never have been more polar as opposites. Frank hates fire, and Leo creates it. Frank’s the reserved type, and Leo’s the crazy kid. Frank exudes humility and at times negativity, while Leo was outwardly cheerful enough to have named his own dragon ‘Happy’. I didn’t like Frank as much as I did Leo, but I think that he was a quick thinker, a great tactician, and he knew how to separate business from personal struggle, and he didn’t let any of the emotional turmoil get in the way of their mission’s success. He sold himself too short a lot of the time, but by the end of the book, I think he started to acknowledge that he was capable of many a great deed, and was determined to use his abilities to protect himself and the people he cared for. He’s quite the admirable guy, and his chemistry with Hazel was nothing short of amazing. Next to Leo, and then to Percy, Frank Zhang comes a close third.
The Dead Undead
I think Hazel took the brunt of the impact on her life with the curse she was given. She was discriminated and judged for most of her short (legitimate) life, and spent 70 years in the Underworld doing nothing except itself (apart from regret all of her mistakes, of course). I think she was the most deserving of redemption and I was really happy for her. She was the one who remained cool and collected even in the face of potential death revisited- sometimes, it made me completely forget that she was barely even a teenager in living years. I myself would have cried home to mommy, should I have been issued a quest that was almost, if not entirely impossible. Although it seemed as if she was the least believable character, due to the fact that she possessed values that were largely unnatural, I still admire the fact that she emanated bravery, and skill, and her ability to control precious stones and rocks was a vast improvement from girl powers like Piper’s (which were only really useful on the defensive).
By The Feast Of Fortuna
As always in Rick Riordan’s mythology books, the characters were issued a quest that looked impossible to accomplish on the surface. And as always, I really enjoyed Percy’s character, because he had amazing willpower and the same amazing powers, and his mistakes and imperfections really only served to highlight his perfection and his achievements. I was happy to have him back in this book, though was sad that he wasn’t going on the adventure with Annabeth. Though I’m not a die hard shipper in terms of their fandom, I liked how they worked together and felt bad that Percy had to take Grover’s place as third wheel. On the other hand, he was at least all for Frank and Hazel’s happiness, and he treated both the camps like family. Though it was hard for me to believe how they could have worked that well under pressure and time constraint, and next to that was finding it difficult to understand how they thought up clever strategies immediately and got help at the most convenient of times (luck does NOT run that long for normal people), I still really enjoyed their quest. After all, they would never have been part of the Seven of Prophecy for no real reason. This was definitely a step up for the series.
Nothing but love for this one.