This book was the continuation of the Percy Jackson series, marking the fourth in the second series. The House of Hades was another continuation of the prophecy stated in the previous books. Two of the main characters, Percy and Annabeth, are trapped inside of a pit ruled by the god of the Underworld, Hades. Their friends, Leo, Piper, Hazel, Jason, Frank, and Nico, try to rescue them. But Gaea, the Earth Goddess, has different plans when she sends her children out to hurt them. The novel was about Percy and Annabeth’s stay in the pit while their friends were jumping through hurdles to get them out alive.
Personally, I enjoyed Rick’s writing style, as it was serious yet humorous at the same time. He elaborated on some of my favorite characters, such as Nico Di Angelo and Leo Valdez, with his descriptions and dialogue. Yet, the one aspect that I did not enjoy was the amount of questions the book raised instead of answers. The previous books have also done the same thing, and I was hoping that this book would not, but it did not answer some important questions. Overall, it was an important and wonderful addition to series, and I enjoyed reading it.
I feel like some of the more memorable moments in the book were all of the Percy and Annabeth moments in the pit. I feel like they allowed the reader to see a more vulnerable side to Percy and Annabeth’s relationship, something which I have not seen in the other books.
Review by Saranya, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library