Written by: Rick Riordan
Release Date: From 2006 to 2009
Pages: 1,718 Total
Series: #1 – The Lightening Thief. #2 – The Sea of Monsters. #3 – The Titans Curse. #4 – The Battle of the Labyrinth. #5 – The Last Olympian.
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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. (From The Lightening Thief)
So this series has been on my tbr for literally years, I’ve had friends trying to pressure me into reading this, I always knew that I would love the series too, it was just one of those waiting for the time to be right. Well at the end of December the time was finally right, I finally took that dive and started this amazing series. I’m gonna use the classic style from the blog for this but I’m gonna be talking about the five book series as a whole.
I’m so glad I picked up this series guys, oh so so glad. It was such a great Middle Grade book, but it didn’t feel like MG all the time, yes there were times when it really felt young, but other times it was really just something great. Honestly a lot of the time it really was something wonderful and amazing bound up into these five little books that I now treasure and really need to get copies for myself, because I’ll be honest, I can see myself rereading this one a lot.
The story centers around Percy Jackson and his group of friends, as they fight against the Titans, with both the help of the gods and the powers bestowed upon them by their godly parents. There’s so much plot in these five books that I know it would be spoilers to start talking about all of it but lemme just say this it was so absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to keep getting into this world that Rick Riordan has expanded on for years and is still continuing.
I understand this book was Middle Grade and I’m really okay with that, like I understand the mechanics of a MG, but there were times when I felt like things were solved just so…easily. Of course for twelve year olds to save the universe it’s gonna have to be simple, I’m just more used to the complex aspect. This is probably a sign I need to pick up more Middle Grade books than it is a bad thing for Percy Jackson. I just remember a couple different times thinking “Oh…so an ancient god fell for that, okay sure.” and y’know I rolled with it and it was all good.
I could’ve done with more story about all of the characters, like backstory, or more about where they’re gonna go. The story focused on Percy, and that’s great, I just love secondary characters so much. That I really wanted to dive into their lives, we get to see bits and pieces here and there, especially as Percy found out things about his friends, and as he grew older things got more complex. But I just want to see and read and get to know more. I’m greedy like that.
First off the characters. God those characters. All of them were so brilliantly done, they all had great arcs and they had such amazing plots and friendships and friendships that turned into romances and just like, it was all there in the pages of this series. All of it just made me so utterly happy that I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved all of it because it’s just gonna fall down into a fit of fangirling that I can’t even contain into something really fathomable.
Greek mythology!! Obviously this book is centered with the mythology, that’s the whole point. But there was so many fun things that Riordan picked up and used, for me, knowing the mythology already, it made elements absolutely hysterical. I loved seeing the way that Riordan pulled little bits of history into this huge story that in turn gave life to these old myths. I also love how much even I learned from these books. I’m all about kids learning their Greek mythology, there’s so much learning for kids to do here without realizing their learning either. Also Zeus will always be in a pinstripe suit for me now. Always.
I think the greatest thing about this series is just it’s simplicity, like I could curl up on the couch and read Percy Jackson and just lose myself in the story. I wasn’t on the edge of my seat, chewing my nails because my favorite characters are dying, I wasn’t trying to remember who was who and what was that spelling of that name again? All of the story was just right there and it felt like reading something I’d read over and over, it felt more like coming home than it did reading a new series. I already know I’m going to be rereading these books throughout my life and I can’t wait to see what else is in the world.
If you enjoy Greek mythology? Yes. If you enjoy middle grade books? Yes. If you want something really adorable and great and happy? Yes. Yes. Yes. I can’t even with how much I love this series. I really want to share it with, well, everyone. You need this book in your life. Trust me.