The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5)
by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson has spent a relatively normal summer enjoying the beach with his (relatively) normal friend and love-interest Rachel. Naturally, the gods simply cannot let this continue, and when his old friends Blackjack the Pegasus and Charles Beckendork, head of the Hephaestus cabin, appear on the hood of his stepfather’s Prius, Percy knows the time has come to face his destiny. The two half-bloods take off to implement their plan to thwart Kronos’ attack on New York, realizing even as they begin their efforts that they are grossly outnumbered and unlikely to meet with ultimate success. So begins the epic last battle that will bring Percy’s destiny to fruition and determine the future of the gods and all of humanity. As the gods of Olympus struggle to defeat Typhoon as it works its way across the country, Kronos’ forces are moving into position to take down Olympus, and only the few half-bloods remaining stand in his way. Recruiting all of their allies including Grover and the nature spirits, they take their final stand. Along the way, Percy learns more about Luke’s childhood and comes to understand his turn to the dark side. In addition, he meets the eponoymous last olympian and makes peace with many half-bloods lost along the way.
I will not reveal the final outcome for obvious reasons. In fact, there are a lot of elements of the story that I would love to discuss, but I do not want to ruin the story for others. In short, read the book! If you like the series, you must see how it ends! Riordan does not disappoint. The story is as well-written, exciting, educational (without being heavy) and utterly hilarious as any of the earlier volumes. The author makes sure that each of the minor players have their day, so fans of any of the half-bloods will get to see their favorites to the end.
Thank you, Rick Riordan, for creating and carrying out an innovative and delightful series. This is a fitting end to an iconic and epic story. I enjoyed the journey and look forward to your next project.