Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians #3
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 11th, 2007
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology
This terrific YA series by mystery writer Rick Riordan revamps Greek mythology in a fun, fresh way kids find absolutely enthralling. Percy Jackson is a trouble-prone teenager with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. He’s also the half-blood son of Poseidon (yes, that Poseidon!), one of 12 Olympian gods making mischief right here in 21st-century America. Riordan ratchets up the action in this third rip-roaring installment, as Percy and his demigod pals set out to find the vanished goddess Artemis — and to foil a treacherous plot cooked up by the titan lord Kronos. Fast-paced, funny, and filled with super-cool fantasy elements perfectly suited to ‘tween sensibilities, this new adventure is an irresistible treat for the 9-12 set.
I think I’m really hooked on this series now, considering the fact that I read this book within a day. Well admittedly I’d want to read them all like this, but there’s exams in two weeks. This is so not good for me.
This book was another great installment. Riordan has really picked up a winning formula here. Every time another mythological creature comes along, I get all excited. It’s amazing how he can mix that with the actual world. And it just works!
I have to say, I think Blackjack was my favorite character for this book. Haha, he wasn’t around too much but I was basically laughing at everything he said.
I must admit, there was not NEARLY enough Luke in this book for me. My fangirl heart, for the first time in QUITE a while, is screaming for fanfiction of the scenes where Luke keeps Annabeth prisoner. Seriously, I need to see that. But I will resist… I don’t want to tread into the realm of fanfiction yet for fear of spoilers. No one will spoil this series for me. But yeah, I missed Luke and Annabeth.
Zoë was quite an interesting character. I still can’t really decide whether I like her or not. She tends to get really annoying sometimes. Same with Thalia, I feel like they didn’t really flesh out her character enough. I can’t quite put my finger on how to picture her. I was totally scared throughout the whole book though that Thalia would go evil so I’m really glad for the ending. That was a nice twist, and for a change it was really unexpected for me. (I also want to know more about her relationship with Luke. Ahh, can’t there be a prequel or something??)
Once again, I think my favorite part of each of these books is when they introduce one of the gods. This time, Artemis and Apollo. And how awesome are they?? Seriously. I also loved Athena in this book, although she didn’t appear all too often. It was a really nice addition. Aphrodite… *shrug* I dunno.
And I really hope the girl from the Hoover dam comes back at some point! She was really sassy, I just loved it. I’m also excited for Nico to come back. It sounds like that’s going to be a really interesting twist. I must admit, that twist at the end left me quite surprised.
I’ve also finally gotten used to the narrative style Riordan uses. With the first two books I was still on the fence, as I don’t usually like first person narratives unless it truly adds something to the story (i.e. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – where the first person narrative gives you insight into how someone tries to convince themselves they’re not crazy). But I finally see the added value, after this third book. And that is that… Percy’s thoughts are just hilarious. There’s so much comedy in how he describes things to himself. And in third person that probably wouldn’t come across as well.
The only thing I still dislike is how each book takes place over 1-2 weeks, and bridging the time gap between the books is always done super quickly, at random. I guess it sort of fits into Percy’s perspective on things, but.. yeah, it just feels like something’s missing sometimes. — To put it simply, I just want MORE. MORE MORE MORE.