“Things can turn out differently, Apollo. That’s the nice thing about being human. We only have one life, but we can choose what kind of story it’s going to be.”
Synopsis from Goodreads: How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
Feelings: I picked this book up right after finally finishing The Heroes of Olympus series and I’m so glad that I did. How interesting to get the perspective of someone that’s thousands of years old?! His take on everything was so much fun. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Apollo was having a conversation with Rhea and the way they were mixing up time periods and people…it had me laughing out loud.
Issues: This is the second Riordan book in a row that features a “talking” weapon. I just want to say that I found it weird in The Sword of Summer and I think it’s weird in this book, too.
I was a liiitttlllee unsure about the central conflict for a while. Issues with the oracles, check. Some guy in a purple suit is the baddie, check (but vague). I got so distracted by how entertaining everything was, that after I while I was just along for the ride. I gave up on looking for issues, really. By the end of the book, everything had clicked and I was ready for more. That’s what matters, right?
Characters: Apollo is hilarious. His POV is so different from the previous narrators in Riordan’s books, which made this a breath of fresh air. Apollo is arrogant (I mean…he’s a god…) and it’s so entertaining to see him navigate the mortal world as an acne-prone teenage boy. I knew that Apollo had children at Camp Half-Blood, so I wasn’t really sure how that would all play out once he got there, but it came together really nicely. I can see Apollo having a really cool (albeit strange) relationship with his young offspring. This situation brings parent-child friendship to a whole other level.
I loved getting to see some of my favorite characters from the other books! I think Riordan did a great job at making the story all about Apollo (as the god would have wanted) and yet also allowing some other characters to come alongside him. We actually had some character growth from a god, which was cool, all thanks to his new (and old) friends (and children).
Final thoughts: Honestly, this was a really fun read. It was light and very Riordan-ess, without being a repeat of the same old same old. I would recommend that you read his previous Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, as well as The Heroes of Olympus in order to fully catch everything. But you could probably pick this up without any prior reading and still be ok!
Pick this up if you liked:
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Goodreads rating: 4.47/5
Amazon.com rating: 4.6/5
My rating: 4.5/5
Happy reading! – Caitlyn