Heroes of Olympus, Book 2: Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus)

Heroes of Olympus, Book 2:  Son of Neptune  (The Heroes of Olympus)

Percy Jackson is having a bad day. He has killed the Gorgons three times in the last few days and they just won’t stay dead! He has hardly slept in at least that long lest they kill him. Not only that but, he doesn’t have any memories other than his name and a hazy memory of a girl named, Annabeth.  All he knows is that he’s heading to San Francisco, California. But first, he has to rescue a hippie lady named June and carry her into Camp Jupiter.


June, aka Juno, aka Hera has a little quest for Percy and a couple of Camp Jupiter demi-gods, Hazel and Frank, the only two in the camp who aren’t openly hostile towards Percy. In the wake of Jason’s disappearance, there’s a power struggle going on at camp, so it is Hazel and Frank who end up accompanying Percy on a road trip in search of Thanatos. Both Hazel and Frank have secrets that may impede their ability to complete the quest. In typical Riordan fashion, each back-story unfolds amidst battles against impossible odds. As usual, our heroes are armed with little besides their wits and there’s plenty of humor. On

Percy Jackson is having a bad day. He has killed the Gorgons three times in the last few days and they just won’t stay dead! He has hardly slept in at least that long lest they kill him. Not only that but, he doesn’t have any memories other than his name and a hazy memory of a girl named, Annabeth.  All he knows is that he’s heading to San Francisco, California. But first, he has to rescue a hippie lady named June and carry her into Camp Jupiter.


June, aka Juno, aka Hera has a little quest for Percy and a couple of Camp Jupiter demi-gods, Hazel and Frank, the only two in the camp who aren’t openly hostile towards Percy. In the wake of Jason’s disappearance, there’s a power struggle going on at camp, so it is Hazel and Frank who end up accompanying Percy on a road trip in search of Thanatos. Both Hazel and Frank have secrets that may impede their ability to complete the quest. In typical Riordan fashion, each back-story unfolds amidst battles against impossible odds. As usual, our heroes are armed with little besides their wits and there’s plenty of humor. On

Percy Jackson is having a bad day. He has killed the Gorgons three times in the last few days and they just won’t stay dead! He has hardly slept in at least that long lest they kill him. Not only that but, he doesn’t have any memories other than his name and a hazy memory of a girl named, Annabeth.  All he knows is that he’s heading to San Francisco, California. But first, he has to rescue a hippie lady named June and carry her into Camp Jupiter.


June, aka Juno, aka Hera has a little quest for Percy and a couple of Camp Jupiter demi-gods, Hazel and Frank, the only two in the camp who aren’t openly hostile towards Percy. In the wake of Jason’s disappearance, there’s a power struggle going on at camp, so it is Hazel and Frank who end up accompanying Percy on a road trip in search of Thanatos. Both Hazel and Frank have secrets that may impede their ability to complete the quest. In typical Riordan fashion, each back-story unfolds amidst battles against impossible odds. As usual, our heroes are armed with little besides their wits and there’s plenty of humor. On

e of the things I enjoy most about a Riordan book is his deft humor. There is humor aplenty both high and low, especially in the heat of some very fierce battles; but the truly laugh-out-loud moments for me are those when he skewers pop culture by setting, for example, the land of the Lotus Eaters in Las Vegas (The Lightning Thief). In Son of Neptune, Percy and his friends must face the Amazons at, none other than the Amazon.com headquarters in Seattle. Great stuff.


In addition to bolstering the reader’s knowledge oPf both Greek and Roman mythology and why the two are so similar, teens can easily relate to the teen demi-gods. They may not be battling mythological monsters, but issues of identity, insecurity, family relationships, friendships, and finding one’s path are universal. Yes, the books are somewhat formulaic, but it’s a darn good

formula, one which continues to surprise and bedazzle. 978-1423140597

540 pages Ages 10 and up

 

Recommended by: Brenda Kahn, Librarian, New Jersey USA

 

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