Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian


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

Rating:

Five Stars

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…

…The Plot

“I tried to imagine how things could get much worse. The gods were in the Midwest fighting a huge monster that had almost defeated them once before. Poseidon was under siege and losing a war against the sea Titan Oceanus.
Kronos was still out there somewhere. Olympus was virtually undefended. The demigods of Camp Half-Blood were on our own with a spy in our midst.
Oh, and according to the ancient prophecy, I was going to die when I turned sixteen—which happened to be in five days, the exact same time Typhon was supposed to hit New York. Almost forgot that.”

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.

I looked at the campers, all of them grim and determined. I tried not to feel like this was the last time I’d ever see them all together. “You’re the greatest heroes of this millennium,” I told them. “It doesn’t matter how many monsters come at you. Fight bravely, and we will win.” I raised Riptide and shouted, “FOR OLYMPUS!” They shouted in response, and our forty voices echoed off the buildings of Midtown.

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?

…The Characters

The goddess smiled. “You are a good hero, Percy Jackson. Not too proud. I like that. But you have much to learn.”

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 came up to me. She was dressed in black camouflage with her Celestial bronze knife strapped to her arm and her laptop bag slung over her shoulder—ready for stabbing or surfing the Internet, whichever came first.”

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.

I looked at Rachel. “You’re not going to do anything stupid, are you? I mean….you talked to Chiron, right?”
She managed a faint smile. “You’re worried about me doing something stupid?”

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.

…The Setting

“I love New York. You can pop out of the Underworld in Central Park, hail a taxi, head down Fifth Avenue with a giant hellhound loping along behind you, and nobody even looks at you funny.
Of course, the Mist helped. People probably couldn’t see Mrs. O’Leary, or maybe they thought she was a large, loud, very friendly truck.”

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.

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8 thoughts on “Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian

    1. This series was absolutely brilliant! I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to it but it’s become a fast favourite of mine as well. 😀
      God I want to start The Heroes of Olympus books right this very second, I’ve literally heard so many great things about the second series and I am now completely addicted to Rick Riordan’s writing! 😀

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      1. It’s seriously amazing! Even better than the first one! 🙂
        Though I have to say that the first book in that series is my least favourite (still a 5 star read, or more of a 4.5 stars) but the other four are amazing! 😀 The first is my least favourite because of a detail I can’t really tell you without spoiling it, so I won’t!

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      2. I’ve heard that as well, it’s just making me more and more excited to start the second series!
        Ohh, no spoilers please! I’ll probably be starting the first book, The Lost Hero right, in a couple of weeks. I’ve moved it up my to-read list because I just couldn’t wait any longer to start 😀
        Also 4.5 is still a really good review, especially if that was your least favourite as well!

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      3. Hahaha, I totally understand! Once I had finished the first series I immediately ordered all the books that were out in The Heroes of Olympus! (I think three of them.) Rick Riordan’s stories are just that addicting! 😀
        Yes it really is! Even though it’s my least favourite it was still very good! 🙂

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      4. I have all five in my basket on Amazon just wait for me to press buy, which I will probably end up doing today because I just need these books right now! I know what you mean, his writing is definitely addicting!
        Ohh, I’m getting more and more excited to start The Lost Hero now! 😀

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