Showing posts with label the last olympian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the last olympian. Show all posts

Saturday, May 14, 2016

[Review] The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson #5) - Rick Riordan: Cluttered and Halfheartedly written

In the last book of the Percy Jackson series, Percy and the Gods of Olympus are preparing for the final battle against the Titan Kronos.

What intrigued me: There's no reason for me not to pick this one up! I loved the third and fourth novels. Unfortunately, it could only go downhill from there.

A Very Chaotic, Messy Storyline

THE LAST OLYMPIAN needs a lot of time to get the story started. What I loved about the previous books is that there was a straight storyline they were following and you knew exactly how close the heroes were to their goal at all times. This one doesn't have that. 

I feel like Riordan is just trying to give a storyline or cameo to all of his characters, so they can all have their moment of glory in the last book. It's cluttered, and it's full of unnecessary halfheartedly-written side quests that weren't really enjoyable to read. I didn't really understand why the characters were doing anything, they seem to be rushing from scene to scene, preparing for battle or trying to convince someone else to help them. 

With all those mini side quests comes also a frequent change of scenery that throws you off track and leaves you wondering what they were doing there in the first place. Riordan really lost himself in trying to make this battle epic and trying to cram as many characters and mythological concepts in this as possible. Because the heroes have dealt with Luke and Kronos in the previous book before, having these two as the final battle antagonists is repetitive and boring to read. 

Disappointing Character Development (or lack thereof)

Riordan's biggest strength in this series has always been Percy's voice to me. Percy is funny, a sweet and loveable guy, and just overall a wonderful protagonist. It's remarkable how spot-on Percy's voice is and has been for the entire series, however judging by this being the last book - he hardly went through any character development at all. While it was charming and relatable to have this oftentimes super oblivious main character before, after five books it really gets annoying to have Percy realize even the most obvious things last. He's not a leader and it hardly seems realistic to have anyone follow him into battle. Annabeth in a heartbeat, but not him.

In general I have never been a fan of the character development in Riordan's books, and never really thought any character aside from a handful of Gods and side characters (Apollo, Artemis, Zoe, Nico) was even remotely developed enough for me to actually care about them. 

In other reviews I've often read about how everyone loves the relationship between Annabeth and Percy- which I find is pretty much non-existent (Enlighten me please if you disagree). I was hoping to finally get behind the fascination that these two seem to have for everyone - but no, I'm still confused. This didn't make the novel better or worse for me either way, but is simply proving my point that even after five books I still feel like most characters remain blank slates for me.

Rating:

★★☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

A very disappointing conclusion to the series. I personally found it lacked structure and was very drawn out, and I wish I just hadn't read this and pretended the series ended after the fourth.



Additional Info

Published: May 5th 2009
Pages: 361
Publisher: Puffin
Genre: YA / Mythology / Greek 
ISBN: 9780141321288

Synopsis:
"All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of 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. "
(Source: Goodreads)


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Saturday, January 16, 2016

7 Books I Vow To Read in 2016 | Cleaning Up My Wish List









I hope 2016 will be a better reading year for me and I will finally manage to read 100 books this year. I'll start it very ambitiously and tell you some of the books that I definitely will read in 2016. I'm calling this ambitious because I don't even own 90% of these. I should though.






ANOTHER DAY - David Levithan
I've been talking about this almost since the day it was announced that my favorite novel EVERY DAY would get a companion novel. Why haven't I read this? Why don't I own this? What is wrong with me?

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN - Renee Ahdieh
One of those novels that everyone was talking about in 2015. I'm not sure about the premise, something about a boy king getting all his future brides killed? I just know that it's set in an oriental inspired world and all my friends loved it, so I vow to read this. 


MAGNUS CHASE AND THE GODS OF ASGARD - Rick Riordan
I'm always craving books about Norse mythology. The king of mythology YA wrote this, so I basically don't even have a choice here.

CINDER - Marissa Meyer
I know, it's absolutely ridiculous that I'm the last one on this planet that hasn't read this. Fairytale retelling. Space. I have to.

LAST SACRIFICE - Richelle Mead
I've been putting off reading this for almost 6 months. Very strange, considering the fact that I read the first five books within a month. I just wasn't a fan of the fifth one and am scared of this series to end horribly. I vow to do this in 2016.

THE LAST OLYMPIAN - Rick Riordan
This is so long overdue. I need to finish the series.




THESE BROKEN STARS - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I've been loving these covers from the minute this book started appearing EVERYWHERE. Everyone and their mothers has read it and I just don't understand why I haven't. Let's change this. 





Which books do you vow to read in 2016?

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