I have never been one to be interested in Greek mythology. Blame it on my Christian upbringing. Blame it on my school’s curriculum. Blame it on my satisfaction with contemporary literature. But I just never connected with it. Now, my friends, all of that has changed. Percy Jackson, you are my new favorite hero. Well, okay, I take that back, my dad will always be my hero, but that’s beside the point.
Percy Jackson is a misfit, a good kid caught up in a life that is confusing and seemingly unfair. His dad is missing from his life, his mom married a total loser, and he doesn’t quite know what to do with himself. Everything changes when he finds out that he is the offspring of an ancient Greek monster and has a short amount of time to literally save the world from an epic battle.
If you’re thinking this sounds a bit far-fetched and odd for a children’s story, you couldn’t be further from the truth. Rick Riordan’s writing style connects perfectly to the younger crowd, making Percy totally relateable (in my opinion) and a character worth following and rooting for. If you want to branch out a bit, pick up The Lightning Thief ASAP. You will not regret it.
by Rick Riordan
Originally published in 2005