Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion Books
Buy It: Amazon
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. – Goodreads
Always late to the game! When my brother first read the Percy Jackson series he tried to push the books on me, but I rejected the idea (sidenote: he also read Harry Potter first and I resisted for a while…tsk, tsk, I clearly didn’t learn my lesson). Over the years I went back and forth on whether to read these or not, but what finally settled the decision was hearing Rick Riordan speak at this year’s BEA Children’s Book & Author Breakfast. He was so effing hilarious that I thought, “Okay, I need to give his books a chance!” It took me a few weeks to finally get to them, but when I did, I read them in a matter of days.
Going into the books, I was a little worried about how young they would read. I don’t have too much experience with MG, so in my mind the narrators are always cutesy little things. Ha, no! To be honest, even with the early books when Percy and friends are young, I never found myself thinking, “This is so juvenile!” I was pleasantly surprised by the humor and sarcasm in the pages and every so often, when I was reminded that they were twelve or so, I was all, “Oh…yeah.” Even though the series is technically MG, I love that Rick Riordan wrote a series with a world that is so easy to slip into regardless of age.
Greek mythology, who doesn’t love it? I really enjoyed how Rick Riordan incorporated it into a modern day setting. There was a lot of familiarity with the gods, but he also added his own creativity and flare into them. For example, there was his explanation about the children of Athena which made sense for both his story and the original goddess myth.
The characters! Where to even start with them? I grew so attached to them, laughed with them, worried during their plights, and truly felt like I experienced their quests with them. I was so pleased with the conclusion of the series, but even more excited that more adventures lie ahead with these familiar faces in the Heroes of Olympus books.