Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
For fans of: Greek Mythology or mythology in general, adventure, fantasy, Harry Potter
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
I am ashamed that I didn't read this book before. I have watched the movie years ago and I loved it but I only read this in August 2014. THIS IS EVEN BETTER. This is a very fast paced and amazing story that you just can't get enough of. Most older people are skeptical to read this because it is known as a middle grade book. But I'm telling you right now to give this a try because I think that no matter how old you are, you will highly enjoy this. If you want to get into fantasy, this is a great book for that. I think you should go into this not knowing too much about the plot.
This is very easy to read and follow and the writing is not too young or childish for me. Sometimes I even forget that the main character is only 12 years old because of the writing. I love how you don't have to be knowledgeable in Greek Mythology in order to understand and keep up with the story. It explains all that you need to know. I love the plot twists and how you can tell they are carefully planned out and not just thrown in to make this interesting. I love the characters as well and how it also involves their family and not just the Greek aspect of this. I love how Percy Jackson throws in some humor to the story which adds a lot to the reading experience. This will definitely make you smile, laugh, and nervous. Overall, this is a great start to a fantasy series and if you still haven't picked this up yet, you definitely should.