Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Last Olympian

By Rick Riordan

As if it weren’t hard enough to face his 16th birthday, Percy also finds himself up against the reality of the great prophecy, which spoke of a choice that could result in the continued survival of the gods, or doom both Olympus and the world. Kronos continues to gain both power and cronies, amassing an army of titans, monsters, demigods, and others harboring long-standing resentment toward the gods of Olympus. While Kronos’ forces grow and zero in on Manhattan and the Empire State Building (the modern access point for Mount Olympus), Typhon makes his way across the continental United States leaving havoc and destruction in his wake. Many of the gods come together to attempt to subdue Typhon, but others fight their own battles, leaving Olympus undefended and the forces of the gods divided. Percy and his friends take up the almighty task of defending Manhattan against the army of Kronos. Even with the help of the centaurs, the satyrs, nature and water spirits of all kinds, and countless other allies, Percy and his friends find themselves scrambling and outnumbered. With dwindling weapons, strength, and hope, and rapidly approaching timelines, Percy and his friends prepare to make the final stand for Olympus and the gods.

“The Last Olympian” is the final installment in this particular series of Rick Riordan’s Olympic adventures. This novel continues in the same vein as the previous four, offering sarcastic observations amid lightning fast action, building tension up to the final pages of the book. In addition to the plot tension, Riordan also brings in other areas of tension, bring multiple dynamics into the storyline and characters. “The Last Olympian” centers on the conflict between mortals and immortals, whether they are gods or titans, demigods or utterly unspectacular bystanders. He also focuses on the dynamic between Percy’s growth as an independent, autonomous person, and relationship with his family, both his mortal mother and his Olympic father Poseidon. Not only does Percy call all the shots during the big battles, but he also faces more typical teenage difficulties like dating, all while remembering the promises he made to his mother. This novel also touches on dichotomies like power and powerlessness, destruction and creation, choice and fate, and many more. In the middle of all these adventures of epic proportion is the relatable, laughable, occasionally clumsy Percy who simultaneously inspires us to greatness while humbly reminding us of the most important aspects of our shared humanity.

Again, not much more I can say that I haven’t already said about this series. This book, as with all its predecessors, is fun, entertaining, and a very quick read. Yes, I would still be willing to sacrifice some action to add a bit more depth to the characters, but overall, it’s pretty good. I enjoyed reading this one, and I’m sure you would too.

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