Title: Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Release Date: May 5th 2009
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.
In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians 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.
– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com
This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.
My Thoughts On…
Percy has spent his summer training for facing Kronos, who has now taken over Luke’s body, and now the time has come to put their plan into action. Percy flies out to the Princess Andromeda and plans to destroy the ship with Kronos and all his monsters still aboard. However there is a traitor in Camp Half-Blood who has revealed their plans and before too long the alarm has been raised. Percy barely manages to escape the ship with his life. Saved by his half-brother Tyson Percy is taken to his father’s underwater palace where Poseidon wages a war against the Titan Oceanus.
Later, after finally having the full prophecy that has been foretold about him revealed, Percy leaves the camp in the middle of the night with Nico DiAngelo who knows of a way for Percy to defeat Kronos. They start of their journey, following Luke’s footsteps and trying to understand what led him to Kronos as well as what he did that allowed Kronos to take control of his body without burning him away, the steps Percy must take now to defeat Kronos.
The journey isn’t easy, and just when it’s reaching its end Nico takes Percy straight to Hades where the God of the Dead is hiding underground in his kingdom to escape the battle between the Gods and Typhon. Determined to stop the prophecy coming into play, and protecting his son from Zeus, Hades locks Percy away to keep him from the battle.
Escaping Hades and arriving back in New York Percy and his fellow campers are chosen to protect Mount Olympus and Midtown from Kronos’s approaching army. However they do not have the help of the Ares cabin, who are stubbornly staying at Camp Half-Blood, and they still haven’t discovered who the traitor is; and with someone amidst the campers feeding their secrets to Kronos how can they succeed?
Percy makes a big sacrifice in this book as he follows Luke’s path. Percy hasn’t ever really understood Luke decision properly, even though he does get the resentment Luke feels for his father. However in this last book he needs to fully understand Luke’s past; both his history with his parents, Thalia and Annabeth, and what led him to the Titan King in the first place.
During the battle for Olympus Percy becomes a real leader and a true hero. Everything he has faced so far and everything he has learnt has been preparing him for this moment. He leads his fellow campers, and doesn’t hesitate to throw himself at the enemy and take risks if it helps his side succeed. He may not be smart like Annabeth is, as a child of Athena, but he understands battle strategy and puts his people in the best place to defend New York and defeat Kronos’s army.
Annabeth is the brains behind Percy’s leadership. While he directs the battle Annabeth is the one who helps with the initial plans. She works with Daedalus’s laptop to come up with defences for the city. Annabeth’s history with Luke is developed a lot more in this book as well; as a seven year old she didn’t understand a lot of went on between Luke and his parents, and even now she is slightly blinded by Luke’s promises of family, but she never gives up on him.
The relationship between Annabeth and Percy is amazing, just as it’s been throughout the whole series. Annabeth is willing to give her life for Percy and she knows he will do the same for her. The two work really well together, fighting side by side and planning on battle strategies with one another. Throughout all the quests they’ve been on the two have always worked well together and it’s no difference when it comes to fighting Kronos.
Rachel has become one of Percy’s best friends, someone he goes to when he needs a break from the life of a half-blood, but Rachel is so much more than just a normal human. As someone who can see through the mist her destiny is a lot bigger. I really loved Rachel’s journey, not just in this book but also in the previous one. Like Percy she was thrown head first into the world of the Greek Gods but like Percy she comes out on top. She is incredibly brave and believes in the path she must walk even though it is dangerous and a little bit scary. She doesn’t back down from it and it’s easy to see what draws her and Percy together.
It would have been nice to see more of Percy and Rachel’s friendship actually developing. It seemed like all of a sudden they’ve gone from acquaintances to best friends and, while obviously that development happened between the fourth and fifth books, it would have been nice to see some of it. Still I enjoyed their friendship in this book. Both of them are very similar but while Rachel sees Percy as her connection to the half-blood world Percy sees Rachel as his distraction from that world.
Unlike the previous books in the series Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian doesn’t take us far outside of New York city. This time Percy isn’t sent all over America in search for the lightning bolt, he isn’t sent into the Labyrinth or across the Sea of Monsters. Instead his quest is New York, with the rest of the Gods fighting Typhon Percy and his fellow campers are in charge of protecting Mount Olympus. Of all the places Percy has gone throughout the whole series Olympus has been one which hasn’t been described a lot but in this book we see so much more of it; not only in its glory but in its destruction as Kronos attacks. We see a little more of Hades’s realm and also Poseidon’s but they are more secondary locations; Olympus is the seat of the God’s power, if it is destroyed then so are they. There are a few myths that come into play, with Rick Riordan’s carefully written modern spin on them, as Percy follows Luke’s path who followed the path of a famous demigod in a quest to hold Kronos’s power without destroying himself.
As the last book in the series for me Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian had a lot to live up to, luckily it exceeded all my expectations. There were times when I was near tears and other times when I was on the edge of my seat, honestly this book was impossible to put down. I have loved every book from this series, and now I want to start The Heroes of Olympus books right away.
What did you think of Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.