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.
So we all agree that I can’t write a review good enough to do this book justice, right? Okay, just making sure. Because really, can anyone write a review good enough to do certain books justice? This is one of those books.
Let’s face it, I am a mythology freak. Second grade, third grade, fourth grade, my go-to read was a guide to greek myths. Then, when Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid came out in 2010, I got into other mythology. Roman, egyptian, norse, I loved all of it. My love of mythology was originally what got me into Rick Riordan’s books. I picked up my brother’s paperback copy and I started to read it one day. That’s also how I got into Skulduggery Pleasant and most of the comics I love to this day, but that’s a story for another day.
I’m a first-person writer and reader. I love first-person. Though I agree third-person is more convenient for narrating multiple points of view, I think that first-person gives you a kind of deep insight into the character that it’s harder for third-person narration to achieve. I completely fell in love with Rick Riordan’s writing style in this first book. The kind of storytelling he can do through Percy and clearly show you the inner-conflict within Percy as he grows up, matures and becomes the strong leader he eventually ends up to be, is amazing. Incredible. If I could write like one author, Rick Riordan would be my pick.
The fight scenes are completely awesome, and I’m a sucker for a good fight scene. The many twists Rick Riordan throws at you are really great, because he keeps changing the story in ways that shape his characters and make them grow. Plus, Rick Riordan is always generous about hints, which I really appreciate. 4.5 stars. Five words of wisdom to close: READ THE BOOKS. Just read.
Note (I lied): Just so you guys know, I really disliked the movie. By itself and not based off a book, it would’ve been fine. But they messed up the story in a way that, later on in the series, it is really going to hurt them. Especially the little stuff they skipped. And yes, they are making The Sea of Monsters. (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO).
pg count for the paperback: 389
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians