Percy Jackson is an energetic 12 year old New Yorker with dyslexia and ADHD. Just like any other person nearing his teens, he hates his homework and can’t seem to focus in class. But the real story begins on a school trip to a museum, where his maths teacher turns into an evil bat like creature and tries to kill him. Then, he accidently vaporizes her. Oops! I hope no one was looking! He discovers that his best friend is a goat from waist down, and his mother knew it all along. And finally, to cap it all, he is chased into a special camp by an ancient monster that was supposed be dead for 2000 years. Not exactly your idea of a ‘fun day’, is it? Over there, he learns that the Greek Gods are alive and kicking and he, Percy Jackson, is a demigod; half-human and half-god.
At camp, he finds something that he hasn’t for a long time, a place where he fits into. However, that can only be true for so long once it has been found out which god fathered Percy. Attacks begin on camp. He is ignored by almost everybody. But worst of all, he has been accused of something that he has not stolen, that too by the most powerful God of them all. Now he has 10 days to find and return it to prevent all-out war between the gods, a war that will make World War II look like a kiddie water balloon fight. Along the way, he meets true and false friends and even some gods. But there’s one thing that he could very well do without – monsters. But it doesn’t seem as if luck is on his side, because he happens to meet them at almost every other step, that too the most cunning and evil of them.
Whenever I’m reading this book, it always makes me wonder whether these type of worlds exist or not, and a lot of the times it becomes my fondest wish to be one of the characters in the book and live in a realm of Gods and monsters, with the threat of death being ever-present. Going on dangerous quests with my friends or thwarting the plans of an evil mastermind really sounds like a lot of fun to me. (Unless I get killed … which sounds way less enjoyable)
If given the chance, I would like to be the son of Poseidon, the Sea God. Sure, they are other gods which are more powerful, but they are all either arrogant or evil. Also, it would mean that I’ll be able to breathe underwater and control all the oceans(which cover more than 70% of Earth), and that would be super cool. Let me tell you something interesting: Whenever I’m swimming in a pool or at the beach, I always imagine the water rising up because of my thoughts, and hope that I’ll be able to control it, but without any luck.(As you might have guessed.)
Now let’s exit my world of imagination and come back to reality. I’ve read the series several times and still enjoy it. They are full of adventure and because of them, I’ve become pretty interested in Greek myths. With lovable heroes, detestable villains, action, adventure, fun and vengeance, what more could you ask for? Look out Harry Potter, because Percy Jackson could totally leave you in the dust.
Rick Riordan is by far the best author that I have ever read. He manages to keep the readers hooked onto every word, and also adds the fun factor. This book is a must-read for young children. I’m giving it 5/5!