Title: The Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: May 5, 2009
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.
I made it. I got to the end of the Percy Jackson series.
I always get a tiny bit nervous when I pick up the last book in a series because sometimes they go off the rails (*ahem* Breaking Dawn), but this books wrapped up the series so well. All of the major and minor plot points were wrapped up, all of the characters from the previous four books were accounted for, and there was action galore.
This book went by the fastest out of the five, probably because there was a lot more action and a lot less ‘we need to figure out what’s going on here because we don’t actually know yet.’ Between the pacing and knowing that I was getting closer and closer to the final resolution I couldn’t put this book down. But….
There were two things I didn’t like. I didn’t particularly care for the minor cliffhanger at the end. It wasn’t the worst and it definitely served it’s purpose – I’m now a lot more interested in reading the next Riordan series than I was – but my type A heart loves for book series to end in a neat and tidy fashion. The other thing was the characters ages. I’ve been griping about this from the beginning. As Percy’s leading the 40 odd campers in battle against actual Titans and ridiculous monsters, it’s reallllllly hard to believe he’s 15. Like before, even though I knew the prophecy was supposed to come true on his 16th birthday, I had one of those OMG moments at the end of the book when Percy talks about starting his sophomore year of high school.
I’m really looking forward to reading some of the other series Riordan’s come out with. I have it on good authority that the Egyptian series is ahhhhhmazing.