06.07.09

The Last Olympian, At Last

Posted in Mythology at 6:59 pm by Janet

A week or two ago the circulation and ILL departments came through for me and I got my copy of The Last Olympian. It did not disappoint. You probably know by now that Percy and co. have to fight the evil Titan Kronos and his vast monster army. The demigods are defending Mount Olympus, aka the 600th floor of the Empire State Building, and the battle goes down in the streets of Manhattan. The book features a wide array of fearsome mythological monsters and lots of heroism on the part of the demigods. Nonstop action. It’s almost all one big long battle and I think writing about action is Riordan’s strong point. There’s even a tiny little bit of romance. Good stuff all around.

I have to say I like that this series did not become bloated like certain other blockbuster kids/teen series. This one clocks in at 381 pages. Very doable. I didn’t get the feeling that the editing was neglected.

I’m doing a book discussion on this at the library at the end of the summer. I’m sure the kids will be really excited about the book. Have you read The Last Olympian? What would you want to talk about? One thing I’m wondering about is the future of the series. This is supposed to be the last book, right? But another prophecy is revealed at the end of the book. Do you think there will be a sequel, or a spin-off series?

Well, I’d better go return this book because some other poor sap is probably waiting impatiently for it. Sorry I kept it for so long, other library user.

1 Comment »

  1. Bridget Zinn said,

    June 23, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Finally, I got my hands on this book! It was fun, lots of action, etc.
    I like the series but I agree — I was happy to see it end and not go on and on. I think he’s planning a different series with the same world, but different characters which could be really fun.

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