Genre: Young Adult/Children’s, Fantasy, Mythology
Series: The Trials of Apollo #1
Published: May 3 2016, Disney Hyperion
My copy: Hardcover, 361 pages
My rating: 4/5 stars
Summary: How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood. [Goodreads]
Welcome back to Camp Half-Blood and 1st person narration Greek mythology! I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while, and it didn’t disappoint (well, only a tiny bit.) Apollo is a great narrator, the story is interesting, the villains are SCARY, we get to see some of the old crew, so it was pretty much a normal RR book. I may have started reading with my expectations a little too high, but there were a few things I wasn’t totally happy with, more on that later.
The book starts out with Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) falling from the sky into a dumpster, where he is promptly beat up. It’s hilarious. Apollo’s narration is so lively and fun (the chapter titles are in haiku, obviously) and I loved how funny he is as a human. He meets Meg, who is this super complex character (no spoilers, but she is going to have a great arc throughout this series) and is also super cute. And then, they go TO PERCY’S HOUSE, which was when I started to hyperventilate. Percy is trying to stay out of crazy demigod stuff so his mom doesn’t worry about him (aww) and so he can stay alive and go to college with Annabeth in the fall (more awwww), so he’s not very present in the story. At this point, the war has been over for six months (it’s January), Piper and Jason are in LA, Hazel and Frank are in New Rome, Annabeth went to Boston to look for her cousin (Magnus Chase reference for you guys), and Leo is still missing. Nico and Will are in CHB year round, so they get some great scenes and lines (I was screaming, just a warning). Campers have been disappearing, and once again, demigods and their camp are in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth, but this time there’s a sinister plot that’s been in the works for centuries, and it’s pretty scary. The story is so intricate and fast-paced, which I love, so this book was a really fun read.
“What about you? I heard you throw a mean garbage bag. Any other skills we should know about? Summoning lightning? Making toilets explode?”
Meg smiled hesitantly. “That’s not a power.”
“Sure it is,” Percy said. “Some of the best demigods have gotten their start by blowing up toilets.”
The only thing I had a problem with was that there were times I couldn’t connect to Apollo whatsoever, which made me a little bored. That may just be because I love the old characters so much that it’s hard for me to forget how much I was able to relate and connect to them. Rick Riordan has his work cut out for him (it’s his own fault that Percy and co. are so lovable). Other than that, I loved this book and the ending was so amazing. Looking forward to The Dark Prophecy!