Book Series Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Lightning Thief was Rick Riordan’s first children’s book. Very well paced, keeps you interested. If you read Greek and Roman mythology you would probably like it. There is the Greek Pantheon: Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, etc.  Monsters like Medusa and the Minotaur. The plot is moved forward by the protagonist, Percy Jackson’s discovery of this mythological world underneath our present reality and his place in it. A quest ensues that is just a small part of the larger save-the-world-quest throughout the five books of the series.

I was tipped off about this series when I went to the movie theater and saw an advertisement for the movie coming out this February. I’ve been mulling over a story about a woman who finds out she is capable of using goddess-like powers, so I thought it would be a good idea to read this series.

Riordan uses his mystery writing skills well. Each book has little prophecies that unravel as you read on, as well as, little tidbits about how monsters and other beings have incorporated themselves into modern civilization. Some characters motivations are called into question but you really do not know if they are a villain until the author really wants you to know. The overall story touches on the human compulsion to judge and have preconceived notions based on what a character has experienced in the past or read in mythology. Also it covers the main course of a teenager’s rollercoaster years with adventures that are like rite of passages. I really enjoyed his interweaving of the old world and the new world. The characters use mythology as a guide throughout the novels bringing up myths associated with the menagerie of characters involved.

Just finished book five, The Last Olympian, yesturday. It was left open for another possible installment.

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