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.
I think I must have been slightly stupid as a child. I’ve read this before, decided it wasn’t that great, and never carried on with the series. I’ve been wasting my life!
The beginning was one of my favourites of any book. I love it when characters talk to the readers, and Percy did that. And he gave that sort of mysteriousness, where you’re not quite sure if it really is fiction. Or at least, you don’t want to say it is.
Percy was just perfect the whole book. I notice lots of authors who use 12-year-olds forget that they’re 12, and treat them like adults, or teenagers. But Percy stuck to being a kid. He called his stepfather “Smelly Gabe”. And, gods bless, he didn’t fall for Annabeth. Finally, a book without romance! I can tell it’ll happen later on, but I’m okay with that. Just thank you Riordan for not making them fall in love now.
Grover was my favourite. No, wait, maybe Luke. Grover had that cute, lovable, best friend thing. But Luke was better than everyone, and he could sword fight! And the plot twist at the end makes me love a certain one of them a lot more.
The gods are all very cool too. Ares was awesome. Medusa (I know, she’s not a goddess!) was absolutely amazing. I wanted to be in that garden, even though it would’ve been terrifying. But she was creepy cool. I forgave her for wanting to turn them into statues.
What did you guys think of the book? Am I really the last person in the world to read this?
Overall, 4 stars. And I can’t wait to read the next one!