#BookReview: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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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.


My Thoughts

I think that I have been cursed to what I call, a Bookish flop, which consist in having huge expectation about a book and then, be completely turned off by it. That was the case of The Hidden Oracle, which I like it very much but I don’t feel like I love it as most people do right now or how much excited I thought I was going to be while reading it. I think that for the contrary of how people feel about Apollo, I really don’t find him very appealing and he left me wanting for more.

The Hidden Oracle is resuming very easily as saying that after the Heroes of Olympus, Zeus blame Apollo for how everything turned out, so he send the Sun God to the mortal realm as a teenage boy, Lester Papadopoulos, to learn his lesson. It looks like a very fun plot, as Apollo stand out before for been the most hilarious asshole of all the bunch of gods, but seriously, it left me not that convince. So, it safe to say that what it works and didn’t work for me was the exact same person, Apollo.

“He faced us. “You hear that, guys? A batch of cookies is depending on me. If you get me killed on the way to camp, I am going be ticked off.”

This book, while features plenty of different new characters, doesn’t round much into them or give us much of their respective backgrounds. It was nonetheless good to see some old fellows like Percy, Will, Nico and, a couple of others that I won’t mention to not spoil anything; they make me nostalgic for the previous stories and how much I want to know more about the seven heroes and those who help them. That’s the reason why Apollo character is the heaviest of the book and how his personality molds the whole thing.

I think it was very bold of Rick Riordan to pick the god as he next subject, when we meet him on The Olympian, and then in Heroes of Olympus, he stand out as a funny guy with a complex of narcissism. He was very much happy in his own godly skin and position in the Olympus, never imagined that would ever been a quirk, acne teenage boy with no other choice than look for help in those demigods who use to do his bidding. I like that his humor was still there and very much so when he protected his offspring and friends, I found a different side of him that I liked very much. But I still have a grunge with him because I DO blame Apollo for how the battle between Greek and Roman demigods escalate.

“Zeus did not answer. He was probably too busy recording my humiliation to share on Snapchat.”

It’s hard for me to picture Apollo as other thing than a god, while I appreciated the twist of having him as teen, the whole situation still don’t convince me at all. The thing that, for real, I couldn’t stand was the fact that he doesn’t remember anything, I mean, one thing is to be a demigod without no knowledge of the world you belong to, and another completely different is to be a fallen god of a world you’re be in for around more than thousands of years, so stupid to me. Plus, I didn’t like the end, just for the moment when Apollo goes to the trees, and during the whole fight there, I think all of that was kind of lame.

In conclusion, I do believe it was a good book but it still lacks of something to stand out more for me, and that something is a little bit more from Apollo. I think that I like him more as a big, bad God rather than a teenage boy with acne, and it’s hard for me to picture him otherwise; though it was funny to see him recoil from his Olympian mighty to his slim humanity, actually the humor wasn’t a problem at all in this book. However how I feel, I will give a try to the upcoming books to see if Apollo could finally woo me over.

About The Author
Rick RiordanRick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, Heroes of Olympus and The Kane Chronicles.



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