Son of Neptune Review

by Luke Sullivan

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The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan, is the second book in the series Heroes of Olympus. The story revolves around the main character Percy Jackson, as he wakes up in the forest with no memory. He then travels to Camp Jupiter and is accepted by the legion and joins their ranks. He quickly becomes friends with Hazel, a demigod with a mysterious past, and Frank, a demigod with an amazing power. The trio is then given a quest by Mars to travel to Alaska, the land beyond the gods, to free death and make it back before the giants’ army attacks. As they travel to Alaska they face many foes and learn more about each other by unlocking their secrets.


I liked the book because it was very adventurous and exciting. I thought the author did a great job of providing character development and adding awe-inspiring plot twists and cliffhangers. My favorite part of the book was the end because of the amazing fight scenes between the armies of Gaea and the Roman legion and the way the author tied everything up and left a cliffhanger that left me praying for the next book. I thought the characters were very interesting and had depth. The book is also unique because it cycled through the 3 main characters POVs, providing different perspectives and more information on each character. The only thing I would change if I had the opportunity, would be some of the battle scenes. I felt the scenes were a little repetitive.


I would recommend this book to kids and young adults because of the everyday language, amazing fight scenes and funny dialogue between characters. While Son of Neptune was written for a younger crowd, I feel it would provide entertainment for adults also. There are various forms of figurative language such as similes and metaphors and the unique writing style used by the author is appealing to people of all ages. Overall, I really enjoyed this book as it was very adventurous, funny, nerve-racking, and exciting. If you have the time, I think you would like it too.

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The author uses everyday language that makes the story easy to follow. However he balances that with examples figurative language and in depth descriptions. The story is easy to read, but makes you think.