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Question #90778 posted on 01/10/2018 8:02 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is the Heroes of Olympus series worth reading? I loved the original Percy Jackson series. I started Heroes of Olympus and never finished it. Is it worth trying again? I don't really feel inclined to. In the bit that I read or have had spoiled they've already changed or added a lot of things from/to the original.

PJ fan but maybe not HOO fan


Dear PJ,

I liked it. I prefer the original Percy Jackson series, but if you're invested in the characters, it's worth a read. I read it to follow Percy and Annabeth, and they remain the most compelling characters in Heroes of Olympus. To be sure, the series has its weaknesses, but since you really enjoyed the first series, I think you should give Heroes a second chance.




Dear Perseus,

I would recommend trying the series again. I really like the idea of telling the story from multiple viewpoints, and I think that Rick Riordan gets better at it with each book. I agree with Luciana that Percy and Annabeth are the most interesting characters, but I really like Leo, and Jason and Piper are good as well. It's not as good as the original series, but it's a good read if you're up for some more demigod adventures. 




Dear Fan of Pajamas but Not Owls Apparently,

I'd ultimately give it a pass. The new series has its moments, but I'm annoyed with some of the ways it retconned the original series. I remember liking certain elements of the fourth book a lot, but beyond that I remember next to nothing about the follow-up series. 

That alone wouldn't be enough for me to give it the thumbs-down, but the fifth book is what killed it for me. Maybe it's because I read them all in a row when I came home from my mission, but by the time I hit the fifth book I could tell that Rick Riordan was strictly adhering to a given formula, and getting through that formula felt like a chore. It goes like this:

Chapter 1: Group A encounters a problem, usually in the form of some obscure mythological figure!

Chapter 2: The problem is compounded, tying into some personal struggle with one of the characters in Group A!

Chapter 3: The problem is solved and the character has personal growth!

And then the cycle repeats for the next group of characters. It just became so painfully obvious that it took all the fun out of the reading of it. Beyond that, there were also plot "twists" that I could see coming five miles away, and so it only annoyed me more when Riordan tried to hide what he was doing.

This makes me sound like quite the bitter grump, but know that I only feel this way because I absolutely loved the original series.

-Frère Curmudgeon 


Dear fan,

I liked it but didn't love it. It's been a bit since I've read it, but I remember thinking it was too focused on relationships—the guy who was the third (well, fifth) wheel was constantly moaning about it, people were always freaking out about their relationships, and so on. And this is coming from a girl whose favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice. Don't get me wrong, it was a good series, but not nearly as great as the original. And come to think of it, their obsession with relationships isn't nearly as bad as what you hear at BYU on a daily basis.

-guppy of doom


Dear PJ fan,

I love mythology, so I was a sucker for all of Rick Riordan's books. It has been a little while since I read the PJ and HOO books, but I remember really enjoying both of them. HOO is a pretty similar model to PJ, but it's a fun quick read. I don't feel like any of the changes made by HOO ruined the PJ series for me. The attempts at movie adaptations took care of that.



Dear PB&J,

I read these a few years ago and enjoyed them. I liked the second series in that it was a little less juvenile than the first series.

I enjoyed the books, but I wouldn't say that they're must-reads. If you're in the mood though, go for it.