Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?
Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.
Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason's amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?
After really enjoying the last book in the Percy Jackson series I was really excited to dive into this one. I figured since everyone was a little older I would like this series better because some of the childish things from the first series would be gone.
I have to say right off the bat I really liked the characters in this one even though they were new to us. I thought it was interesting that Jason had no idea how he got there or what he was suppose to do but he was a natural fighter and leader. I liked Leo for being the boy who was a little lost and liked to tinker with random things. I also enjoyed Piper because even though at first she seemed shy I knew there was a strong girl on the inside somewhere.
The beginning of this story is so strong because we get to learn about new heroes as well as see some of the old ones in at Camp. I really liked that Percy wasn’t in this one, I know I know so many were upset about this but I wanted to see what Riordan could do without Percy being front and center. I still love the Gods in this series and how they all have to claim their kids and how things are working out from the first series. I enjoyed the adult/God aspects of this story the most and they are what keep me reading a lot of the time.
Once the quest portion of this book started it began to get a little dull. I mean come on we have done this quest stuff so much in Percy Jackson’s books so I didn’t really get why we have to start with this again. I mean I did like some of the monsters that they met and how they were able to get themselves out of sticky situations but it just felt like this part of the book went on for far too long. I mean the Percy books were rather short and this new series just felt like it was too long. At over 550 pages in the paperback copy I got bored with the quest pieces. I did continue to like the characters, especially Piper, I felt she grew the most. I do have to say that Leo got on my nerves at times because he just seemed a bit silly and his character didn’t feel his age. I felt like he was the weak point here where Riordan wrote the books like he use to when it came to quests and how young Leo felt. I already said I was expecting and older feel to these instead of the silliness that went on in the beginning Percy books because of how young they were. I have to say that sometimes I feel like the characters were not acting their older ages. This was a bit of a disappointment for me.
Overall, I did really enjoy the beginning and end of this book but I felt the middle suffered for being too long in the “quest” stage. There were too many monsters and “close” calls. While I did like the gang in this book I do have to say they are a bit like the gang from Percy. I mean I was expecting more from the author at this point. We don’t need to reread Percy, I was looking for something a little new. I am looking forward to the next book though because I feel that we will meet more new heroes and maybe things will progress to some more of the meat of this story. There are a lot of secrets that the Gods are keeping from them and I want to see where this will go and how everything will lead up to the final battle again. I just hope this isn’t a copy of Percy’s books but twice as long to get to the point. Well I shall see!