Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?
Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.
Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?
Judging from this book alone, this series is nowhere near as good as the Percy Jackson series, but there are still many more books to come. 😛
In this book we get introduced to a new set of problems and a new set of characters which in my opinion I thought paled in comparison to Percy Jackson and Annabeth. I mean those two are irreplaceable! But still the author managed to create a good new scenario as well as develop his new characters well, but still they don’t compare to the originals and the best!
Despite the author’s best efforts, I found I couldn’t connect with the story or characters in this book as well as in the previous series. I think this was mainly due to the different way this was written as I found the third person narrative in this book quite a big change from being inside Percy’s head. I also thought this book was written in a more serious, less humorous way than the Percy Jackson series. While I did love Leo’s character and yes he was quite a funny guy, this book still seemed to be more heavy and there was definitely more of a serious/urgent atmosphere here than the last series. That’s just me though, many others seemed to really like this.
Another thing I will say is I read this book before finishing the Percy Jackson series 😛 This was a mistake, but I was curious about the description when I saw it in my colleges library. However now that I’ve finished the PJ series I still must say that series is the best by a long shot but also there are plenty more books to come so I know this series still has a lot to offer. Take my advice, finish the PJ series first before you even look at this one as not only will it be confusing, but it has some spoilers for the PJ series as well.
Who I’d recommend this for
If you really liked the Percy Jackson series and just want more from his world then by all means give this a try, but don’t expect it to be quite as light and funny as the PJ series (that’s my verdict).