35/100 Books: THE HIDDEN ORACLE

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THE HIDDEN ORACLE by Rick Riordan

What the heck is it about? The Goodreads summary:

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 rating: 5/5 stars

If you’ve never read any of the Percy Jackson books, parts of this one might not make sense, but if you’ve read the rest of the series and are wondering if you should give this one a shot–go for it! It’s a delightful read, silly at times, and at other times startlingly serious. It touches on some heavy topics without losing its middle-grade charm.

And it’s the only middle grade book I’ve read with an openly bisexual main character! You can’t exactly write Apollo straight (I mean you could, if you wanted to ignore half the mythology,) but I was still worried Riordan might shy away from Apollo’s sexuality. He doesn’t, and he goes out of his way to let young readers know there’s nothing wrong with loving who you love.

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