“The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.”
Thus begins THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan. He writes the best opening lines, in my opinion. If you’re hooked by that first line, go here to read more of the first chapter. And when you’re hooked by that excerpt, buy the book! It released last week, and this Wednesday I finally got my greedy hands on it. I stayed up late to finish it, but it was worth every minute of sleep I lost.
THE LAST OLYMPIAN is the fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I had high expectations, and I wasn’t disappointed. The book revisited characters, settings, and details from the four previous books, cleanly trying everything together. The ending was realistic yet satisfying at the same time. Riordan makes it look easy!
I laughed throughout the book, and laughed until I cried when the centaurs made their first appearance. Then I cried for real during a death scene. Yeah, several lives are lost during the battle—that’s why it’s realistic. The battle itself is almost nonstop action and spans a majority of the book.
I love Riordan’s writing style, humor, action, characters, age-appropriate metaphors … well, pretty much everything. Every time I read one of his books, I think, “This is the type of book I want to write!” Then I remind myself that I’m focusing on YA right now, and I pout a little. Someday when I grow up, I’d love to try my hand at MG action/adventure. I doubt if it would come naturally to me, but it’d be worth the effort if I could write a page-turner that appealed to boys and girls of all ages. *happy sigh* The Percy Jackson series is perfect for any boy or girl, including reluctant readers.
Reading was my main accomplishment this week! How about you—any news you’d like to share for Friday’s Frolics?? I know Vicki and Vannah graduated last night; congratulations to all graduates! THE LAST OLYMPIAN was technically a graduation present for Vannah … hopefully she doesn’t mind that I read it before I gave it to her. *blush*
Tune in tomorrow for YA on Saturday as the “Summer’s Ultimate Novel” project continues! Happy Friday!