Back of the Book:
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?
Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.
Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god.
Nightshade’s Review on Goodreads.com:
Rick Riordan is alternately brilliant and cruel. HOW, I ask you, can he come up with a plot this crazily insane (in an awesome way), yet end the book with the WORST CLIFFHANGER IN ALL OF LITERARY HISTORY?
Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. I’d say the worst/best cliffy in maybe the last century. Yeah, that’s it. (read the entire review here)
Format Read: real book
The very worst thing about this book is that we don’t see much of Percy Jackson in this book. In fact, we don’t see him at all. We get a new guy named Jason.
The very best thing about this book is that Rick Riordan proves that fantastic writing isn’t the key to a fantastic book! As long as your story can hold it’s own, the writing can be less than stellar. I love Riordan’s books – the ones I’ve read anyway – and they aren’t the best written books around, but the story more than makes up for it. Trust me! ^_^
This book will be placed under the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge.