The Last Olympian is the fifth and last book of the OG Percy Jackson series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It’s also one of my favorite books in the entire Riordanverse!
All year Percy and his army of demigods have been preparing to fight the Titans. Now, the time has finally come to do so.
Kronos’ troops are advancing towards Manhattan and Mount Olympus. But a prophecy still looms: Percy has a decision to make that will either doom or save the world. He doesn’t know what it’s going to be yet.
As I said before, I really loved The Last Olympian! Especially because of the way the prophecy is fulfilled. It really reminded me of Greek tragedies because you never truly know what it means until you live it and can’t really anticipate anything. Even the book’s title is misleading because you can’t really guess what it means until about the end of the novel!
It was also really great to see Percy, Annabeth, and everyone how they evolved from the first book until this one. Percy’s development is especially great. He starts as a kind of lost kid who has no real purpose in life to this full-fledged hero who doesn’t really hesitate to step up when he has to. And the best thing is that the development of his character continues in Heroes of Olympus.
But mostly, what I really enjoyed was Luke’s development. Up until The Battle of the Labyrinth, I had real trouble empathizing with him. True, I understood why he did what he did. But it wasn’t until The Last Olympian that I truly felt the rage that he felt and really understood him and his motives. And for me, that is what makes an interesting villain, the fact that you can empathize with them and even feel that in their shoes, you might have made the same decisions.
Should you read The Last Olympian?
Yes, perhaps start at the beginning with The Lightning Thief! It’s a great book for all ages, and I truly enjoyed reading it. Can’t wait to see the TV Show adaptation. Hopefully, it’ll come out next year.