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.
Rating: 4.75 stars
This series is kind of hard to talk about because at the end of the day, it’s just good. It’s difficult to take notes or think about how you’re going to word the review when you’re enjoying the book so much. This entire series is like that. I did jot down a few things though, so I’ll go over those. The reviews for this series will probably be pretty short.
So, as you may already know from my rambling (I’ve only mentioned this like a gazillion times), I read this book about ten years ago. I loved it because I’ve always been really into mythology and just in general I thought that the story was fun. Going back into this, for some reason I didn’t expect it to be as middle grade as it is. I guess since I read it so long ago, and the movie portrays the characters as teens, I thought they’d be older. However, in this first installment into the series, Percy is 12. Now, if you’re not a middle grade fan that might bug you. But I happen to really enjoy it. I think that middle grade books with magic woven into them always pull me in much better than YA magic stories. So even though I didn’t go into this realizing how young the MC was, I loved it! I completely devoured this book.
All of the characters are super fun. Since it’s a series, readers really get to watch Percy’s character development throughout all five books, so I can’t touch on that just yet. However, I love all of the mythological gods, goddesses, and monsters being woven into the story. It makes it all so exciting and pulls you into a different universe (and will even occasionally have you questioning whether the stories are truly even myths). Annabeth and Grover may be some of my favorite supporting characters like… ever? I love them.
The plot was really enjoyable for me. I’ll admit that for the first quarter or so of the book, I was a little underwhelmed, but I think that it is just because Percy hasn’t yet learned that he’s a half-blood. Once he gets to the camp, the story completely sucked me in. This first book did a great job of setting up what’s to come in the next few.
Overall, it’s a fast read and you’ll want to start the next installment immediately because once you get into the world of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, you won’t want to come out.