Book Review, Fantasy, Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Book Review: “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”

Rating: 9.7 out of 10.0

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy (Middle Grade Fiction)

Review: I have read this entire series as well as the sequel series and most other things by Rick Riordan. As of March 2017, I have reread this series once more. To start this review off, I recommend this series HIGHLY for readers of any age. It is an engaging, easy read that I accomplished in just over a week while I was attending college full-time and working 20 hours a week.

Percy Jackson has been rightly called the “next Harry Potter”, because in it we are introduced to a new generation of delightful and memorable characters, gripping drama, and vivid storytelling. Riordan has mastered the charm that has enthralled readers of Harry Potter for decades. I cannot recommend these books enough. They teach important themes such as love, loyalty, humility, and knowing one’s weaknesses. They encourage friendship and family while also promoting bravery and courage in a world of bullies—our modern-day monsters.

These books are great for children, but also for adults. They teach both the young and the old about Greek mythology (and are accurate on their presentation of it at least 90% of the time). See Zeus, Poseidon, Hera and more all reimagined in 21st century Western Civilization. Riordan’s ingenuity in this series is as masterful as the sword-strokes of the protagonist, Percy Jackson.

There are very few things I would caution any readers about. Towards the end of the series, there is a minor bit of romance in the story which involves a kiss here and there. There is also exclamations of “oh-my-gods”, but that is done in a way that more mocks the Greek gods than is irreverent to the one true God.

Some of the content—not the themes—can get dark quickly. Though not typically described in gory detail, our beloved heroes (and our enemies) are wounded at various times throughout the book series. There is also a dark, oppressive feel at times, which could be a concern to much younger readers (those around ages seven or eight). Understandably, for there to be good there must also be bad. I think Riordan does a great job at portraying evil as evil and good as good; he does not muddle the two like many modern authors have made a habit of doing.

All around, this is going to be one of my highest-rated books/book series on this site, because I believe that everyone should read these books at least once in their life. Literature, if done correctly, has the power to span great gaps. Whether these gaps be sexual orientation, skin color, gender, or whatever else, literature has an incredible power to draw people together. Riordan has channeled this power into this book series as he spans the gap between the young and the old and brings people together with a unified interest in the adventures of young Percy Jackson and his cohort Annabeth Chase.

Book Length: 381 pages

Favorite Character: Rachel Elizabeth Dare

Suggested Age: 9+

Plot- 2.0 out of 2.0
Characters- 1.9 out of 2.0
Setting- 1.9 out of 2.0
Unfavorable content/other- 0.9 out of 1.0
Themes- 1.0 out of 1.0
Dialogue- 1.0 out of 1.0
Quality of writing 1.0 out of 1.0

= 9.7 out of 10.0

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