My, this summer is sizzling HOT! The grass on my lawn is tanned to a crisp and ice cubes aren’t being formed fast enough to satisfy our lust for cold, cold drinks. The heat has made me lethargic and so this blog has been dozing on its virtual hammock as well.
Amid the El Nino heat though, Percy Jackson was good company for ice cream binges and beach trips.
Author : Rick Riordan
Publication Dates : 2005-2009
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
The Review :
I’m opting for not writing a synopsis this time, as I have given one for the first book, The Lightning Thief, several weeks ago. (My review here. ) I find that giving a summary of a book in a series (other than the first one) sometimes gives away the ending of the plot before it. So, it won’t do to spoil anyone’s reading pleasure with some guess of a previous book’s ending now, would it?
On this note, I shall review the series as a whole, which is a set of five action-packed books for kids aged 9-12 years. However, the story is so interesting that even li’l ole me was hooked from page one!
Despite being written as a children’s series, the story actually appeals to a wide age range, from kids to their parents; hey, maybe even grandparents! Why the appeal?
First of all, the books are hip, fast and made for light reading. Riordan makes sure he tickles his young readers’ funny bones with humor specifically geared toward the target age bracket. Although some of his jokes may seem too corny in some places for mature readers, these I’m sure sit quite well with those in their preteens and early teens. But hey, he does have some well-placed wit that would make anyone chuckle from time to time.
Second, the interesting concept of Greek mythology modernized with 21st
century culture is just too different to pass up. Kids and adults alike have an enjoyable time escaping in a world where Olympus is the invisible 600th floor of the Empire State Building; Poseidon’s son is a regular kid at school with a ballpoint pen for a sword; Hermes has winged sneakers; Dionysus wholly drinks diet soda ; or one of The Furies may just be your strict, scary pre-Algebra teacher.
Third, there seems to be something for everyone. Stuffed with scrapes and adventures , the story revolves around characters who rely on their individual powers and magical stuff to make fights and getting-out-of-tight-spots interesting and fun. Those inclined toward Greek mythology would have an amusing time with Riordan’s modern take on them. Those who don’t have a clue would actually find they have missed out on some really great ancient legends and perhaps get themselves to surf on who these dudes were : Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, etc. Then, there’s a budding romance to delight young girl readers. However, parents would be so relieved to note that this series is quite wholesome. There isn’t a whiff of mature content, implied or stated, that sometimes sneakily plague a great many YA books.
Fourth, there are a lot of pretty cool characters to like and relate to. Hey, even the monsters are great!
I feel Riordan’s strongest books were the first and last ones, where his writing style was most entertaining. Moreover, he ended his series quite well. Vastly entertaining for both young and old, this series is one of those you may not want to miss out on.
My Mark : Outstanding