The Trials of Apollo: 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.
Losing his powers and becoming a mortal, Apollo now undertakes the identity of Lester Papadopolos. He faces the hard life of being a mortal, a whole reality-check since he spent most of his time admiring himself in the mirror back on his throne with the other Olympians.
The start of the book was sickening. Apollo was in denial of the whole situation, being the selfish god that he is (or was) and was throwing tantrums everywhere. Riordan did a wonderful job, channelling the actions of a baby into an ex-olympian and making people find him unbearable.
Apollo faces a huge character development towards the end. He realises his mistakes, he grieves his losses, he regrets his wrongdoings. That was when I had a soft spot for Apollo and began to admire him.
This book was about how Apollo dealt with losing his powers, being completely helpless in the mortal world where he could possibly die while fighting off monsters. It was about friendships and relationships, cherishing and regretting. Most of all, it was about how people can change due to some issue they faced. It was about growth and that was extremely impactful. Apollo’s self-reflection made me gave this book 5 stars.