Study Guide

The Lost Hero Versions of Reality

By Rick Riordan

Versions of Reality

In The Lost Heroes, a magic Mist makes normal mortals see normal things, never noticing all the demigods and gods and giants and fauns climbing in the flowerbeds and knocking buildings over and so forth. Mist keeps people from seeing the truth. Another way to understand this is that the real world in The Lost Heroes is a fiction. But, in real reality, the Mist in the book is a fiction. Indeed, you might say that the book itself is a kind of Mist: You fall into it and see fauns in the flowerbed and gods and demigods everywhere. Truth and fiction get reversed in this book, and which version of reality you see depends on where you are and which Mist you've got your head in.

Questions About Versions of Reality

  1. Is Jason's grasp on reality after he loses his memory stronger or weaker than that of his friends? Explain your reasoning.
  2. Are the dream visions many of the characters have real? Why or why not?
  3. When Piper says that Jason "may not know it yet, but he's mine" (52.26), is that truth or just her version of reality? Explain your answer.

Chew on This

The Lost Hero plays with memory, but never really questions what is real and what is not.

Hera is plotting to unite two different versions of reality.