Percy Jackson and the Olympians


Ignore the Shadowhunters Codex in the bottom right, but here you have a wonderful series for young adults and kids. I read them, mainly because I wanted to see the movies. I will warn you in advance, the movies only loosely, very loosely, follow the books. By loosely follow, I mean the characters are the same and, in the case of the first movie, the story line is the same. The second movie just spins itself out of orbit!
Back to the books! It’s where I’m most comfortable anyway!! Right away, you are introduced to Percy (Perseus) Jackson, the half human, or demigod son of Poseidon. Demigods are born when Greek gods ‘get busy’ with humans. Percy’s life is tough. He suffers from ADD and dyslexia, which I believe would make him very relatable to kids today.
The story moves along quickly, good for keeping young minds interested, so we are soon at Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods. There he becomes friends with Annabeth, daughter of Athena, and Grover, a satyr. At camp, Percy quickly realizes why he was never in sync with the real world. His ADD helps him in combat training, giving him quick reflexes. His dyslexia is just his brain’s propensity for reading ancient Greek.
Too soon though, he’s off on a quest to save his mother and prevent war on Olympus. He faces Medusa, Hydra and even Hades himself in the underworld.
As the series goes on, the ultimate evil, Kronos, father of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades, rises in power and attempts to overthrow Olympus itself.
Percy and his ever growing circle of friends must trust each other as they deal with their own fatal flaws and interference from the gods.
In The Lightning Thief, Percy’s mission is set forth by the Oracle of Delphi to retrieve Zeus’ lightning bolt and return it to Olympus before it’s disappearance leads to war. As I said before, his mission takes him across the country and into the underworld itself.
Sea of Monsters introduces us to Percy’s half-brother, Tyson, who is a Cyclops. The camp is suddenly in danger because the protective barrier has been weakend by poison. Now they must go on anotger adventure. Instead of saving his mother, this time he has to save the whole camp and his friend Grover from the Sea of Monsters, or as us humans call it, the Bermuda Triangle. This adventure reveals some fears and flaws in our young demigods and teaches them how to grow as both people and heroes. Once the day has been saved another powerful hero is introduced, giving new light to an old prophecy.
The Titan’s Curse introduces another powerful hero, once again skewing the prophecy, one that runs throughout the series, one that everyone thought they understood.
In The Battle of the Labyrinth, we are sent on yet another adventure with Percy, this time to the famous labyrinth. One that grows in size and complexity with each passing year.
The Last Olympian, my personal favorite, is about the final battle between the gods of Olympus and Kronos’ army. Percy and Annabeth, along with many other demigods, must stand and fight on Olympus while the gods have been drawn away in battle. The Last Olympian, the one the title is actually referring to, is completely unexpected, but I love the message it sends.
This is an amazing series! If your an adult looking for something simple and quick, this is a great series. It’s not mind numbing and it doesn’t require a lot of deep thought to understand. I will be starting to read this series to my kids once they go back to school in the fall. It’s great for all ages.
I will tell you now: if you read the books before seeing the movie, don’t set your expectations to high. Try and watch it as if it’s not based on anything, then it’s a pretty good set of movies!
Happy reading!!

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