“…but Percy had had no idea how he’d gotten there, and only the vaguest idea who he was. He’d been barefoot, freezing, and confused. And then the wolves came…” How did this happen to Percy? Where is he? Yes, the moment we were all waiting for, Percy Jackson makes his return in The Son of Neptune, the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. But what’s wrong with him?
Percy Jackson, a 16 year old from the Manhattan, wakes up in the California wilderness with no memory other than his name and the name of a girl, Annabeth. He has no idea where he is and runs in a random direction while being chased by snaked-haired ladies who are not able to die. After a long couple of days, Percy spots two teenagers with weapons across a busy highway. Percy finds a garbage lid and slides down a hill through the morning traffic on the highway. Frank and Hazel, the two teenagers, direct him through confusing underground tunnels to a demi-god camp called Camp Jupiter. The veteran fighters at the camp scare away the snake-haired ladies. A week after Percy arrives at Camp Jupiter, Frank receives a quest from his dad, Mars, the war god. The quest says to go to Alaska, free the god of the dead and make it back before the Feast of Fortuna, an important feast for Romans. If they succeed, Percy will get his memory back from the gods. If they fail, Percy, Hazel and, Frank will be killed by an unknown enemy.
I really liked the way the book started and how it formed questions right away. “The snake-haired ladies would not die.” Why doesn’t Percy remember who they are? Also, the book is very fast-paced with the way Percy and his friends receive the quest and lots of exciting things happen like fighting crazy types of monsters and riding at the speed of sound to Alaska. Another thing that I liked about the book is that it brought back old characters from the original series, like Annabeth, Tyson, and Grover. I liked this because they were important in the original and will probably (I hope!)play a big role in this series. Overall, this book was great – fans of mythology will enjoy this series and fans of Rick Riordan and the original Percy Jackson series will love it! The Mark of Athena, Book 3 in the series, just came out – so get reading if you haven’t read the first two yet!
Nick P., EMS Blogger