Every week a guest teen reviewer shares a book, movie, or music recommendation. This week's guest post is by Ryan from the Issaquah Library.
The Lost Hero [book]
In the novel The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan demonstrates a theme of finding a family through hardship and experience. At the beginning of the story, the three main characters (Piper, Jason, and Leo) are all considered outcasts. Jason doesn’t know who he is, Piper has a father who she loves, but rarely gets to be around, and Leo has been moved between several foster homes and has run away a number of times. When Jason wakes up on the bus with Leo and Piper next to him, he latches onto the pair as a sort of grounding point. He doesn’t know where he is, but these two strangers seem to know him and respect him as part of their ragtag group.
Later in the novel, Riordan digs deeper into the bond between the three. Piper and Leo both reveal their secrets; that Piper’s father is being held for ransom by a giant, and that Leo has the ability to create fire, which partly led to his mother’s death. By having Piper and Leo tell the group about these issues, which have caused them great stress and pain, Riordan is providing the reader with evidence of the three teens becoming closer and trusting each other more.
Towards the end of the novel, where the trio have saved Piper’s father and completed their quest, Piper and Jason have a moment at Camp Half-Blood in which they discuss what might come of the future. Riordan uses this scene to illustrate how the three have come closer over their quest and trust each other wholeheartedly.
Throughout the novel, Riordan is telling the readers that it is important to have people you trust and can rely on, and that is part of why The Lost Hero is such a good book.