I don’t know very many people who have never read this series before. These books are pretty much a STAPLE in one’s childhood. I remember reading them in seventh grade and absolutely loving this series. I reread it about three weeks ago, and I can say that I still admire this series as much as I did the first time experiencing it.
So there are five books in the series. Each book is interconnected, so the major antagonist that is introduced in the first book prevails throughout the whole series. It’s not the type of series where each book has a different story or plot or different characters. Everything is intertwined, which makes it in my opinion much more interesting.
If you didn’t already know, this series centers around Greek mythology, which is another reason why I love this series so much. These books are both delightful yet informative. I’ve learned a bunch about greek mythology and the subject also heavily interests me. It’s like a two in one: I’m getting educated but entertained at the same time.
Percy Jackson isn’t your average kid. He’s dyslexic and has ADHD. He’s been kicked out of many boarding schools. Oh, and did I mention that he’s a son of Poseidon? Since he’s a product of both a god and a human, that means he’s something called a “demigod.” Yup, being half god, that means he also has some amazing water powers. If there’s any sort of water source nearby, he can control it and use it as a weapon. How cool is that? Throughout the books, he has to go through many different quests, all relating to one final goal in the end: to stop Kronos, an evil Titan god that wants revenge on his children (the gods we all know such as Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades) for destroying him in the first Titan War. Some of Percy’s quests include retrieving the famous Golden Fleece, finding Zeus’ lost thunderbolt (called the Master Bolt), and even locating Daedalus, the inventor of the labyrinth. Percy and his friends go through a lot in each expedition. With each mission comes a lot of risk, sacrifice, and hardships. We get a lot of fighting in the series, especially in the last book, but overall the books are still very lighthearted and have almost a humorous tone, because these books are aimed towards a younger audience.
Although these books are again written in a way that draws children, it is still enjoyable even if you’re a bit older. If you haven’t already read these books, try it out for a light read. I guarantee that you will not regret it!
*image was taken by me in my lovely backyard!