You have been forewarned, this is not a book review.
Let me start by saying, I absolutely love this series and this rant has nothing to do with the book. House of Hades is a 5 out of 5 for me.
Before I read this book, I came across the reviews for it on Amazon. I was baffled as to why there were so many negative reviews, until I started reading them. Then, I was appalled and quite frankly ashamed for the human race.
I’m about to give away a pretty big spoiler, if you don’t want to know don’t read the rest of this post. Or you could just look on Amazon on any negative review and get an idea of what I’m about to say.
So here goes nothing…
It is revealed about half way through the book that Nico is gay.
I realize that the topic of homosexuality is a touchy one for a lot of people, for me and my family it’s not. Maybe it has to do with the fact that my uncle was gay. Or maybe it was because my parents never hid it from me because there’s nothing wrong with it. Or it might even have to do with the fact that my parents stressed to me that I could love whom ever I wanted to.
Some reviews were from parents saying how could he do that to my young and impressionable children, this book is not age appropriate, it made for awkward conversations that I wasn’t ready to have, there was nothing leading up to the big reveal, blah, blah, blah. Maybe if you didn’t hide everything from your children, or maybe you are the one who can’t deal with it. What twelve year old doesn’t know what gay is? Seriously, is your child living in an unknown world without social media? Hell, even Disney featured a lesbian couple on one of their shows.
With regards to there being no fore warning… Have you ever met an in the closet gay man or lesbian? Do you possibly know what they go through to keep it hidden from others because of the way society use to treat them and how a lot of people still treat them? How religion treats them, like they’re second class citizens unworthy of basic human rights. Besides, in the book, Nico didn’t want to reveal his secret, he was forced by Cupid in order to obtain something they needed.
My godfather, the man who was a second father to me was gay. I never knew him not to be. He was in a committed relationship with his partner for almost 25 years. He passed away from cancer on their 25 anniversary. He was an incredible person who donated his time and money to charity, he was kind to everyone he met. Because of him, my daughter will never not be accepted by me or my family. Because of him, I know what love looks like even if it’s between two men or two women. I miss him all the time, and anytime something like this happens in the media (which is every single day it seems) I get passionate about the subject. Maybe, just maybe if you got to know someone based on their personality and not their sexual orientation then you would be able to accept them for who they are and not who they love. In the end though, it shouldn’t matter who you love.
The world saddens me, and parents who are uncomfortable with talking to their children about homosexuality need to grow up and teach their children to be accepting of all humans not just the straight ones.
That is all.
I just wanted to point out that I made it through this entire thing without cussing… that is not like me at all.
Thank you Rick Riordan for forcing this conversation in millions of homes. At least now they’ll have to talk about it.