The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Also by this author: Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse
Series: Percy Jackson #5
Also in this series: The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth
Read in: June 2015
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All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a 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.
In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.
I finally finished the Percy Jackson series! This 5th and final book was by far the best one of the series in my opinion.
I don’t want to give away what happens in this book so I’m mostly going to talk about why I thought this book was the best.
My number one favorite thing about this final installment was the character growth! I felt like Riordan did a great job by slowly allowing the characters to grow up throughout the entire series. I feel like this was something that we all missed out on when growing up with Harry Potter. There was such darkness to HP that the characters just grew up in a matter of about three books and while I love HP it is also a stark contrast to what Riordan achieved in this series. I appreciate that he left his characters a bit younger feeling throughout his series and that by the time this final installment rolled around you really felt as if you had watched Percy grow up. I loved him in this book in-particular because I finally felt he was understanding some romance and what his life duty was going to be. I mean the poor boy has been facing the possibility of death since book one but I love what he did in this book. I loved how he almost accepted his faith while doing the best he could to protect those he loved.
The other part of this book that I really loved was the fact that we were finally able to see more of the Gods and what their desires were. These are their half blood children that we follow in this book after all and it was nice to finally see the children interacting with the Gods more. I also really just loved where the final storyline went and what all happened. Plus this was a final battle showdown book done correctly without any dragging parts.
Overall, while I did have some ups and downs with this series as a whole I feel I finally like the place that Percy ended up in and I like that he is finally older. I know he is featured a little in the spin off series so now I can’t wait to dive into that and see where this next prophecy takes us.