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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan



Jason has a problem.
He doesn't remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper. His best friend is a kid named Leo, and they're all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for "bad kids", as Leo puts it. What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret.
Her father, a famous actor, has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he's in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn't recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools.
His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What's troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.

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Saya belum mengenal Percy ketika saya baca buku ini, jadi saya masih awam dalam dunia per-demigod-an. Jason, Piper, dan Leo adalah anak setengah dewa pertama yang saya kenal.
Ceritanya seru, enak dibaca. Bener-bener nyaman banget mengikuti petualangan anak-anak demigod yang ditulis Rick Riordan sehingga mau dibaca berapa kali pun masih tetep seru aja ceritanya. Seperti saya; Jason, Piper, dan Leo di awal buku ini nggak tau kalau mereka itu anak dewa. Awal yang agak klise sih; si ksatria nggak tau kalau dirinya kstaria, tapi alur yang cepat membuat pembaca nggak berlama-lama dalam zona abu-abu, karena Jason, Piper, dan Leo segera dihadapkan pada kenyataan bahwa mereka adalah anak dari dewa.
Ditulis dengan sudut pandang ketiga tokoh utama, membuat saya nggak boring bacanya. Pembaca jadi tau detail dan lebih dekat tentang masing-masing tokoh utamanya, yang punya karakter dan masalah beda-beda. Rick Riordan nggak hanya memukau lewat petualangannya, tapi juga karakternya.
Diantara mereka, tentu saja saya paling suka sama Jason. Recommended banget untuk penyuka genre fiksi fantasi.

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