Friday, May 10, 2013

Kernel's Library: A Fun And Modern Retelling Of Greek And Roman Mythologies

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan Book 00090: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

- The Lost Hero

First Publication:
- 12th October 2010 by Disney Hyperion

- The Lost Hero is the first book on The Heroes of Olympus series, a sequel to the bestselling Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.
- Unlike the Percy Jackson & the Olympians, this series does not focus on one mythology alone but on two: The Greek and the Roman mythologies.

- No. 1 New York Times Bestseller
- No. 1 USA Today Bestseller
- No. 1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
- No. 1 Indiebound Bestseller
- No. 1 UK Bestseller

I loved reading Mythologies, but the ever expanding archives and tomes of these great literature makes me feel like a little dot in a wide universe of words. Just like a regular reader, I look for fresh takes on the already-familiar topics -- this makes the reading experience more enjoyable and worthwhile.

Rick Riordan is a master on that technique. He didn't just let me enjoy a very good read, but informs you with general knowledge on mythologies as well. The author is also a master weaver of crack-up and laugh out loud moments to boot.

It would even be more enjoyable if you have read the previous series, because there are a lot of tokens dropped along the story line that will make you smile and remember some old scenes. If you haven't started reading his books yet, you better do it now, because you are missing a lot.

Plot Synopsis

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.

Grade: A+