"The Lost Hero"- Rick Riordan
By: Haley Gibson
Book Jacket Summary:
"Child of lightning, beware the earth, The giants' revenge the seven shall birth, The forge and dove shall break the cage, And death unleash through Hera's rage.."-Pg. 128, Chapter 10. This quote is important because this is telling of a legend that will be fulfilled by the main character in this story, Jason Grace. It explains that he has to go on a quest to save the goddess, Hera.
"Magic," Leo said. "Haven't figured it out completely, but I can summon just about any regular tool out of the pockets , plus some other helpful stuff." He reached into another pockets and pulled out a little tin box. "Breath mint?"- Pg. 240, Chapter 22. This is an important quote because it is the start of Leo getting to use his tool belt to help them get through their quest. It also helps him fix up his dragon, Festus.
"You ever wonder about the other four demigods? I mean...if we're three of the ones from the Great Prophecy, who are the others? Where are they?"- Pg. 289, Chapter 26. This is an important quote to the story because it is the beginning of a lot of fear for Jason. He is afraid that he will have to lead the other six demigods. He is already afraid of leading Leo and Piper because he is afraid of failing them.
"Exactly. You see, Piper, my children can be quite powerful. You can be quite powerful, because my lineage is unique. I am closer to the beginning of creation than any other Olympian."-Pg. 432, Chapter 39. This is an important quote to the story because this is when Piper realizes how truly powerful her mother, Aphrodite, actually is.
"He'd spent his life running away, and part of him still wanted to run. What was he thinking, flying toward a cursed mansion to fight more evil monsters? His mom's voice echoed in his head: Nothing is unfixable. Except the fact that you're gone forever, Leo thought... Even if Leo survived this quest and saved Hera, Leo wouldn't have any happy reunions."-Pg. 485, Chapter 47. This is important to the story because it just shows how lonely Leo actually is, and it reveals a bit of his past as well. It also shows that he's very insecure about himself as well.
Notice and Note: Aha Moment
Notice and Note: Words of the Wiser
Notice and Note: Again and Again
Theme: One of the biggest themes in this book was friendship. The way they developed it is through the way they relied on each other through their mission together, and comforted each other.
Symbolism: One of the main guys in the book Leo Valdez, my favorite, is a son of the god Hephaestus, god of fire. Hephaestus says that he works better with machines which is just how Leo has been feeling. Therefore; Leo got this magical tool belt full of any tool or thing he could think of that could fit in there.
Role of the Narrator: Well there were many narrators, so the reader got a lot of different thoughts and feelings in the whole book. If there had only been one narrator then it would've been a duller book than the one it is now.
Exposition: The story starts off with Jason on a bus while not knowing who he or his friends are, or even why he is on a bus in the middle of a desert. Also, it is where three of the main characters are introduced into the story.
Rising Action: When they mount Festus the Dragon to start their adventure to the Goddess Hera. In the story it states that it is the beginning of their quest which is the main part of their story.
Climax: The climax of the story is when the main protagonists, Jason, Piper, and Leo, make it to Tartarus and fight the giant Enceladus.
Falling Action: The falling action of this amazing story is when they leave the warehouse on Festus after defeating all three of the Cyclops. It was a very calm and peaceful part of the book.
Resolution: They resolve this story when they take their celebratory party (and dragon) back to Camp-Half Blood.
Protagonist: The main protagonist of the story is Jason Grace. I know this because whenever Leo or Piper are in trouble he really helps them out with his newfound powers. "Help!" Piper yelled, "Somebody!"... He ran to the railing, thinking, I'm a lunatic, and jumped over the side."- Pg. 25, chapter 1. This is a good example of his hero side coming out, even this early in the book.
Antagonist: The main antagonist is called Gaea. She is the goddess of Earth that has many giant sons (literal giants). There are a lot of them, but the one that Jason, Leo, and Piper have to face is named Enceladus. Gaea is called the sleeping woman, so that means she can only mess around in their dreams and send them messages through their dreams. "The mistress calls me back!" Dylan shouted with glee. "And you, demigod, will come with me!"- Pg. 24, chapter 1. Whenever the enemies in this book talk about a mysterious mistress, they are referring to Gaea. She wants all of the gods, demigods, and mortals under her control. She is power hungry.
Favorite character: Personally my favorite character is Leo Valdez. I started realizing this when he kept on telling so many jokes and also having such an optimistic and funny personality.
Common theme: There were many different themes in this book, but the one that stood out to me the most was friendship. No matter what happened they were always together, and helped each other out like true friends do for each other. " Jason worried that he'd let his friends into a trap. If thing went bad, he wasn't sure he could get them out alive. Without thinking about it, he took Piper's hand for reassurance.
She raised her eyebrows, but she didn't let go. "It'll be fine," she promised. "Just a talk, right?"- chapter 19, lines 5-7. They support each other when they are unsure of themselves and they always make it through their hard times as one unit.
Moral: The moral of this story is to always trust your friends. They have many different examples of this throughout the whole book. "Why did Jason seem so connected with that place---a place Hedge said was evil, full of bad magic and old enemies?... No, Leo thought. Ridiculous. Jason was their friend."-Pg. 445, chapter 21. This proves that they each have so much trust in the other that they are unwilling to think about them not being trustworthy.
New Paragraph: As I sit up from my position on the floor of the school bus I look up to see my best friends, Percy Jackson and Frank Zhang, talking about what they're planning on doing when we get to the museum. I sit up a bit further and look around on the bus we are on, not being interested in the project since I wasn't placed with my friends. I don't know most of the people on here since I'm more of a jock, so I wasn't very happy with my partner that was picked for me. At least I know the kid. His name is Leo Valdez, and he's known as the class clown. I, Jason Grace captain of the football team, have been placed into a group with Leo Valdez, the class clown... How demeaning.
You have been patient with me this entire time even though I've had most of my memories wiped, yet you have been beside me the whole time. I just wanted to say thank you so much. I have no idea (literally) what I did to deserve such an awesome girl like you. You and Leo both have helped me through all these rough times we've shared together, and I wouldn't change any of it for the world. I got lucky for having the pleasure of meeting you both again. Thank you and, again, I love you so much.
Praetor (even though you figure that out in the third book)