I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and when s Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan came out, there was a lot of comparisons between the two series. However, being such a big HP fan, I refused to read this series on principal but curiosity got the best of me. I am a huge fan of mythology books and I could not resist.
Percy is a twelve year old kid who is in a boarding school because he’s been in trouble for his focus and behaviour issues. Percy has been diagnosed as having ADHD and is dyslexic. Percy is not a bad kid but weird things just seem to happen to him. His only friend is Grover Underwood who is disabled. At a class field trip, Nancy Bobafit one of his Percy’s bullies start teasing him. Percy gets mad and Nancy gets drenched in water. Percy’s Pre-Algebra teacher takes him alone to talk to him, but instead she turns into a monster and tries to kill him. Percy’s Latin teacher, Mr. Brunner barges in and throws a pen that turns into a sword to Percy. Percy slays Mrs. Dodds. For the rest of the school year, nobody knows that Mrs. Dodds every existed. Percy overhears a strange conversation between Grover and Dr. Brunner and he realizes something is different about him.
On the way back to Manhattan with Grover, Percy decides to ditch Grover and go straight home. Percy’s Mom Sally tells them that they will go on a vacation with just the two of them, without Percy’s stepfather Gabe to Montauk. On the way there, they run into Grover who tells Percy and his Mom that Percy needs to go to a special camp called Camp Half-Blood. Soon after they are ambushed by a Minotaur. Sally tires to protect Percy, his and in the process turns into a golden shower of light. In a fit of rage, Percy grabs the Minotaur’s horn and stabs it. He goes into the camp with the horn. Percy finds out he is a Demigod. His life at Camp Half-Blood is not any better than at school because he is still bullied. Through a series of events, Percy starts on his quest to find Zeus’ master bolt.
This was a very easy and enjoyable read. I thought that Percy was a very likeable character and I enjoyed his character development. He grew up very quickly from the time he left the boarding school and started at Camp Half-Blood.I felt that this book was very raw because of the abuse that Percy’s Mom was facing with her husband , Gabe. It made Percy so much more real because all he wanted to do was to protect his Mother. There are lots of great themes in this book and I think children that have been diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia or have been bullied can relate to Percy.
Percy and his friends go through a lot of adventures in this book. I think it had more adventures than the HP books. Sometimes it gets a little bit unbelievable because of how the Gods are portrayed in the modern world and where Mount Olympus was in relation to the human world. It does not take away too much from the story if you can believe that there are Demigods out there.The book was slightly predictable but it is written for a younger audience. it was not difficult to figure out right away that Percy’s Father was Poseidon, God of the Sea.
I found the book very fun and I enjoyed the adventures that Percy and his friends went through. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.