Teen review: I was really excited to pick up The Hidden Oracle (by Rick Riordan) after learning that Apollo would be openly bisexual. I'm all for LGBTQ+ characters in literature. But on to the plot of the book - as much as I loved Apollo's character development, I felt that the plot was lacking. I'm sure a vast number of readers are returning Percy Jackson fans (myself included) and so I found that Riordan wrote as if that was the case. He did not spend much time world-building and instead he "fast forwarded" to the adventure. He did utilize Meg's character to lay some helpful reminders and hints to explain the events of the previous series though.
This dependency of the PJO series fortunately did not take away from how enjoyable Apollo's narrative was however. Honestly, I think Riordan's writing is evolving and I mean this in a good way. I've found that Riordan is putting more effort into tackling social issues that plague society today and I enjoyed this aspect of The Hidden Oracle more than the adventure.
Bottom line: Though The Hidden Oracle may at times lack suspense and well-built adventure, it makes up for that with the character development of the lovable Apollo. N. Setow (teen reviewer). Check Our Catalog