Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them.
It’s disappointing that the dialogue and some plot points can’t take on a deeper build and tone; I love the humor, but sometimes it gets the plot development off-track. Totally, rib-cracking, “Percy Jackson”-approved hilariousness! I do have to agree with countless other, Riordan-crazed readers: seven’s a crowd.Giving adequate time and love to all seven of the demigods on the quest, along with a few constant minor characters like the karate-chopping Couch Hedge, is a challenge Riordan more or less failed to overcome. And just because Rick did not write much about them, that does not mean that absolutely nothing happened. Jasper is sweet and cute in their own unique way, and Piper is actually a really realistic character, with all her strengths, flaws and insecurities written out perfectly.Also, there’s a barrier that Riordan can’t cross because of the young audience of readers that he likes to appeal to, which is he can’t go sentimentally deep into his characters.
There were countless instances where I wished Riordan could have gone deeper into his characters thoughts, maybe even sounding like Victor Hugo while he did it, even subtly inserting his own opinion into the matter. The two most powerful demigods in the mythological world of Rick Riordan, each kidnapped from one of the militaristic camps for demigods and sent to the other, reunite the feuding camps to prepare them for a great war against the giants... In other words, he starts firing on the Romans' beautiful city of New Rome and pretty much destroyed their awesome cafeteria. The characters really pop in their own ways: Annabeth with her a little too-good-to-be-true brains, Frank with his reserved nature and awesome shape-shifting abilities, Jason with his steady and leading persona (though altogether he is overshadowed by Percy), Hazel with her supportive attitude, Piper with her calm attitude and… Loved how Riordan incorporated this infamous myth into the story! I guess I can start off telling the CSM readers who are idly reading reviews for the pure fun of it (which is always so much fun) and have never read a "Heroes of Olympus" novel what on earth is going on: Percy and Jason have united the camps. Maybe it’s because Greco-Roman mythology is pretty different from Egyptian, or maybe its simply because no one takes Percy’s gilded, ruddy crown of most awesome protagonist written by Riordan ever. So anyways, Riordan’s writing is still sharp: sparkling, specific word-choice helps weave a story of loyalty, bravery, and wits while staying cool under the pressure of an apocalyptic deadline, as usual with Riordan, and sarcasm, puns, and inside jokes helps keep the reader laughing and becoming more attached to the slightly whimsical, deep characters – four of whom narrate the novel in intervals.We met up at camp on Tuesday, figured we had three weeks together. Then after the campfire, he—he kissed me good night, went back to his cabin, and in the morning, he was gone. Since it was already December, if it was “last year”, Annabeth would have said so.The rest of the conversation solidifies our theory: “Almost exactly when I met Jason,” Piper said. Maybe you should sit down.” Piper knew where this was going.There is no doubt that the events of The Heroes of Olympus began not on December 2010 or 2011 but solidly on December 2009.