Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (May 3rd 2016)
Hardcover: 376 pages
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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 favour.

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.

Review:

If you’re familiar with Rick Riordan’s male leads then you know it’s all about the snark and sass. I didn’t find Apollo to be as snarky as Percy Jackson instead I found him to be annoying. In fact Apollo was more at the self-centered and obnoxious level, which didn’t make him likable and he isn’t generally well liked by the Campers throughout the Percy Jackson series (his characteristics didn’t earn any point from me either). Apollo’s flaws is more pronounced as he settles into his punishment as a human and those flaws makes him easily to identify with even though there were times that he still thought he was inferior to others every other chapter or so. While I found Apollo to be obnoxious at first part of his personality died down a bit as we reach the ending. Granted he’s still a self centered jerk, but I enjoyed seeing his flaws and struggles as a human. Even as a god he is not perfect but he doesn’t acknowledge that until we see him as a human.

So obviously we have new characters and we also see some old faces in this book. While I enjoyed catching up with what Percy’s been up to since we last saw him, sometimes seeing old characters can be a bit of distraction because we demand a lot from them, but then when they don’t appear it’s a reminder that they aren’t the star of our show anymore. I appreciate seeing Percy and the mention of his friends,  but if you were expecting him to be at the center of the plot I’m warning you that you’d be disappointed because Percy is nothing more than a background character like Anabeth was in The Sword of Summer. Don’t you love it when cameos are also cliffhanger material? Like you flip through as fast as you can just to see if you can catch them.

Anyways as far as the new characters are concerned I feel like after reading so many Rick Riordan novels (coughs the Percy Jackson series coughs) it’s easy to figure out Meg’s story. I wasn’t surprised with the twist or the ending. At this point Rick Riordan’s novels have started to become predictable but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing or that it isn’t enjoyable. It just means that  I should not have high expectations. I love seeing how he spins 1000 year old myths and make it not only more modern, but also easier to understand. Kind of like the BBC modern Sherlock version with the gadgets and gizmos.

Author: Jackie

1 Comment

  1. I’ve actually never read Rick Riordan! This sounds really good though! I do like old legends and stories being modernised and told in different ways. And honestly, everyone seems to love Rick Riordan. So I should try them, right? Great review!

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