The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan
Publication: May 5th, 2009
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
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It is here. The final epic battle for Olympus. Percy Jackson and the gang have been prepping for battle all year and the time has come. Kronos has made his move. The Olympians are preoccupied with a titan who is wreaking havoc across America. It is up to the half-bloods to save the world. Not only that but Percy has officially heard the full prophecy that was pre-destined for him. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders but Percy will fight until his last breath to save his home, friends, family, and everyone he loves. The book from beginning to end is one epic battle. Riordan hooks you from beginning to end like with any book but this one really sinks its teeth into you. It was without a doubt my favorite and Riordan really wrapped it up nicely but also left room for so much more. Which there is because of the next great prophecy.
Prophecy and meaning
A half-blood of the eldest gods shall reach sixteen against all odds. (Percy Jackson)
And see the world in endless sleep, (Morpheus put Manhattan to sleep)
The hero’s soul, cursed blade shall reap. (Luke kills himself with Annabeth’s blade)
A single choice shall end his days. (Percy’s choice to give Luke the blade)
Olympus to preserve or raze. (Luke saved Olympus by sacrificing himself)
Everyone heroes, gods, titans, monsters, etc. come together to battle for Olympus. There is so much growth from Percy since book one. He started out as a young boy who had no idea about being a demigod and is now a teen who is ready to take on one the most powerful titan. I love that even though my son is the most powerful demigod he still had his wit and sarcasm. He never let his fatal flaw stop him from doing his best to save both the world and his loved ones. He had been through so much yet he never lost his shine. I mean my son was brave enough to bathe in the river Styx.
The battle sequences are insanely good. Some YA and middle grade can be messy with everything happening but Riordan keeps you hooked and entertained. Fight scenes are always my favorite when the flow and pacing are consistent and the author knows his stuff. It’s like watching a movie except I am reading it. Everything is so vivid and alive the words jump off the page.
I mean sure, she’d always been cute, but she was starting to be seriously beautiful.
“Because hope survives best at the hearth,” I said.
The world was collapsing, and the only thing that really mattered to me was that she was alive.
“No hero is above fear, Percy. And you have risen above every hero…”
“You are so not making this easy.” Then she laughed for real, and she put her hands around my neck. “I am never, ever going to make things easy for you, Seaweed Brain. Get used to it.” When she kissed me, I had a feeling my brain was melting right through my body.
Afterward, I had the last laugh. I made an air bubble at the bottom of the lake. Our friends kept waiting for us to come up, but hey—when you’re the son of Poseidon, you don’t have to hurry. And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.