My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ of 5!
I’m a huge mythology geek and I love to read about it. This world that Rick Riordan has created is absolutely amazing! He’s managed to stay somewhat loyal to the old stories and legends, whilst adapting it all to this modern world. I especially love how certain things are just as they seem :
Chiron looked surprised. “I thought that would be obvious enough. The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles.”
Where else would the Underworld be?
Perseus (Percy) Jackson is a 12-year-old boy, who’s attending boarding school. He suffers from ADHD and dyslexia, and somehow weird creatures/deity’s keep approaching him. Even when Percy is doing his very best to behave, strange things keep happening around him, and as a result, he’s not invited back to the school the following year. Instead Percy has to return to his mum in Manhattan. As Percy returns home his mum, Sally, surprises him and they’re going to the beach where she met Percy’s dad all those years ago. Whilst there Grover catches up to them, but he’s not alone, and Sally realizes she has to send Percy away in order to keep him safe. At Camp Half-Blood Percy meets Annabeth who explains to Percy that he’s a Demi god, the son of the mortal Sally Jackson and a Greek god.
Annabeth nodded. “Your father isn’t dead, Percy. He’s one of the Olympians.”
“Is it? What’s the most common thing gods did in the old stories? They ran around falling in love with humans and having kids with them. Do you think they’ve changed their habits in the last few millennia?”
Of course, Percy is sceptic, even when Annabeth explains that his ADHD and dyslexia is actually because he, from birth, were hardwired to read Ancient Greek and has inborn “battlefield reflexes”. However, the things he sees around him are hard to deny!
During a “friendly” game of capture the flag Percy gets seriously hurt by some of the campers from the Ares cabin. However, Annabeth quickly realises that Percy is healed the second he gets into contact with water, and just like that Percy’s parentage is revealed. There’s just one tiny problem, it turns out that after World War II the big three;
Zeus, Poseidon & Hades made a pact that none of them would father anymore demi god children
“About sixty years ago, after World War II, the Big Three agreed they wouldn’t sire any more heroes. Their children were just too powerful.”
On top of a broken oath, theft has been committed on Olympus and, now Zeus is even more suspicious of his brother and thus, the Lord of the sky sets a deadline for when Percy has to return the lightning bolt by, or he will full on attack Poseidon. Percy is sent to see the Oracle, and to lead the quest to discover Zeus’ stolen Master Bolt, and return it to him by summer Solstice . When he meets the mummified oracle, he receives this prophecy:
You shall go west, and face the god who has turned,
You shall find what was stolen, and see it safely returned,
You shall be betrayed by one who calls you a friend,
And you shall fail to save what matters most, in the end.
But things are never as they seem so when Percy, Grover and Annabeth set off on their quest, they’re in for a world of surprises.
In this fast paced first instalment in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, this is the perfect beginning. There’s so many things going on and and we meet quite a few different gods as well as monsters. Even though, this is clearly aimed for the YA market I have enjoyed the book immensely, every time I’ve read it. While being packed with information this is still a really fun read, thanks to Percy’s narrating. The way things are described makes it easy to take it all in, without being overwhelmed. A big well done and five hearts to Rick Riordan.
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