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Home School Book Review, April 14, 2011 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
We had read the first four books in the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series, so we figured that we might as well finish them off. In this final installment, Perseus (Percy) Jackson, a son of the Greek god Poseidon by a human mother, and his friends, including Grover Underwood the satyr, Annabeth Chase, a daughter of Athena, and Rachel Elizabeth Dare, a human who can see through “the mist,” must fight Kronos the Titan, who is using the body of Luke Castellan, a former friend and son of Hermes, in his attempt to destroy the gods of Mt. Olympus, which is located above the Empire State Building. The monster Typhon, is rampaging across the country and occupying the other gods, so Percy and his crew must protect Olympus from Kronos and his army, which includes some of their former friends from Camp Half-Blood who have defected.
Percy, who was twelve when the series began, is now about to turn sixteen, and there is a long-awaited prophecy about his fate which relates to his birthday. There is no doubt that the book is exciting reading and will hold the interest of today’s average middle school and early teenage reader, but with all the modern pop culture references I’m not sure that it will stand the test of time. As to language, there are a few common euphemisms, references where someone is simply said to have “cursed” (“in Latin” or “Greek,” no less), and a childish slang term for the rear end. Worse yet, the ubiquitous and disgusting OMG has been transmuted into “Oh my gods,” which is used rather frequently and is about as close to taking the Lord’s name in vain as possible without actually doing it.
Another problem is the troubling practice of the gods in cavalierly having relationships out of wedlock with mortals and producing children. When Percy goes to see his father, Poseidon’s god-wife Amphitrite seems annoyed, and Percy concludes, “All his romances with mortals, including with my mom…well, Amphitrite probably didn’t like that much.” Yes, I know that things like these were common in the old Greek myths, but they are precisely why many Christians feel that the myths are really not something that godly children ought to be reading about, studying, and finding entertainment in, at least in their unexpurgated form. It is a mixed bag, with some things to like and some not to like, but overall it is not too bad, though I would suggest it for older readers, say sixteen and above, rather than the target audience. Riordan has begun a couple of new series, “The Heroes of Olympus,” which continues the saga of the half-bloods, and “The Kane Chronicles,” which seems to be based on Egyptian mythology.
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Home School Book Review, April 14, 2011 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
We had read the first four books in the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series, so we figured that we might as well finish them off. In this final installment, Perseus (Percy) Jackson, a son of the Greek god Poseidon by a human mother, and his friends, including Grover Underwood the satyr, Annabeth Chase, a daughter of Athena, and Rachel Elizabeth Dare, a human who can see through “the mist,” must fight Kronos the Titan, who is using the body of Luke Castellan, a former friend and son of Hermes, in his attempt to destroy the gods of Mt. Olympus, which is located above the Empire State Building. The monster Typhon, is rampaging across the country and occupying the other gods, so Percy and his crew must protect Olympus from Kronos and his army, which includes some of their former friends from Camp Half-Blood who have defected.
Percy, who was twelve when the series began, is now about to turn sixteen, and there is a long-awaited prophecy about his fate which relates to his birthday. There is no doubt that the book is exciting reading and will hold the interest of today’s average middle school and early teenage reader, but with all the modern pop culture references I’m not sure that it will stand the test of time. As to language, there are a few common euphemisms, references where someone is simply said to have “cursed” (“in Latin” or “Greek,” no less), and a childish slang term for the rear end. Worse yet, the ubiquitous and disgusting OMG has been transmuted into “Oh my gods,” which is used rather frequently and is about as close to taking the Lord’s name in vain as possible without actually doing it.
Another problem is the troubling practice of the gods in cavalierly having relationships out of wedlock with mortals and producing children. When Percy goes to see his father, Poseidon’s god-wife Amphitrite seems annoyed, and Percy concludes, “All his romances with mortals, including with my mom…well, Amphitrite probably didn’t like that much.” Yes, I know that things like these were common in the old Greek myths, but they are precisely why many Christians feel that the myths are really not something that godly children ought to be reading about, studying, and finding entertainment in, at least in their unexpurgated form. It is a mixed bag, with some things to like and some not to like, but overall it is not too bad, though I would suggest it for older readers, say sixteen and above, rather than the target audience. Riordan has begun a couple of new series, “The Heroes of Olympus,” which continues the saga of the half-bloods, and “The Kane Chronicles,” which seems to be based on Egyptian mythology.
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Katie Wheeler, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Katie Wheeler)
I've read a whole lot of books by lots of different authors, but out of all those books this is my favorite.
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Kaylee963, June 9, 2010 (view all comments by Kaylee963)
Imagine being never knowing your own father...only having flickering memories that you do not even know are true or not. Then you find out your dad is one of the ancient Greek gods and that you have special powers that no one else does. After that you find out that there is a prophecy about you that says you will either destroy or save the world with one choice. You have just stepped into the shoes of the main character, Percy Jackson. In the 5th and final installment of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Percy has to face many things. He must deal with the death of friends, an ancient prophecy that puts the fate of the world on his shoulders, and the reality that people are almost never what they seem. Percy must go on a dangerous quest he may never return from to save the world from the ever imposing threat of the Greek titan, Kronos. This book was one of the best books i have ever read. This was a beautifully crafted book that i could never classify to one genre alone. So, will Percy be able to complete his quest alive? Will Percy chose to save or destroy the world as he knows it? Find out in the suspenseful adventure of Percy Jackson.
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killerdalk22, June 8, 2010 (view all comments by killerdalk22)
In this story the hero is not who you think it is! Percy has finally come to the last chapter he has to fight Cronus, and the war between the gods and the titans will end. Percy Jackson is in the fight of his life, or die trying. I recommend this book for mostly teenagers. It is a great read and ends the journey perfectly. Rick Rordan writes amazing books and the Last Olympian is one of his best.
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ISBN:
9781423101475
Author:
Riordan, Rick
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Mythology, Greek
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Series Volume:
05
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 20.00 oz
Age Level:
10-14

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Percy Jackson is not normal. He's got ADHD and attention deficit, and he's been kicked out of every school he's ever attended. Now he discovers he's a half blood: half human, half Olympian god. But his problems are only beginning. Someone has stolen Zeus's thunderbolt — and Percy's being blamed.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Percy Jackson's fifth and final adventure begins with a blast and gets increasingly more explosive. It reads less like a novel than a 400-page battle scene set in Manhattan, pitting Percy, Annabeth, Grover & Co. against a pantheon of monsters intent on reaching the portal to Mount Olympus (located on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building). In other words: fans will not be disappointed. All the action takes place in the days before Percy's 16th birthday, on which a prophecy has foretold 'a single choice shall end his days.' Readers who have watched their dyslexic hero grow into his considerable powers since age 12 will not be surprised by his brave leadership. Or as Percy, facing the Minotaur's army, puts it in typically wry fashion: 'It was now roughly one hundred and ninety-nine to one. I did the natural thing. I charged them.' Details about Luke's childhood explain his traitorous allegiance to Kronos; Annabeth and Rachel Dare vie for Percy's attention; and the final clash would keep a Hollywood special effects team busy for years. As the capstone to this beloved series, this story satisfies. And a surprise character takes on the mantle of Oracle, instantly issuing a new prophecy that suggests, happily, there's more fun with the demigods to come. Ages 10–up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Riordan masterfully orchestrates the huge cast of characters and manages a coherent, powerful tale at once exciting, philosophical and tear-jerking. The bestselling series's legions of fans will cheer their heroes on and rejoice in such a compelling conclusion to the saga."
"Review" by , "The novel's winning combination of high-voltage adventure and crackling wit is balanced with scenes in which human needs, fears, and ethical choices take center stage....Riordan's imagination soars in the climactic battle scenes...yet he manages to bring the whole series to a satisfying close in the down-to-earth conclusion."
"Review" by , "The action, never leisurely in any of the five books in the series, runs at a frantic pace here — monsters pop out with a rapidity that becomes almost predictable, except that they are so enjoyably hair-raising, and that Riordan has such clever ways of dispatching them....Like the stories in which they're rooted, Riordan's Percy Jackson novels speak to more than one audience, and in more than one key."
"Review" by , "The Last Olympian, the conclusion in the Percy Jackson series, is full of betrayal, romance and humor....Riordan's jokes and puns make ancient Greek mythology accessible to kids of all ages..."
"Review" by , "Crafting a finale that lives up to plot developments and expectations created by an ongoing series can be a somewhat daunting task, but Riordan has fashioned a suitably epic battle to wrap up his tale..."
"Synopsis" by , In the conclusion to the New York Times-bestselling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's 16th birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy suspects he may be fighting against his own fate.
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