Friday, July 18, 2014

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Review

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a series by Rick Riordan written between 2005 and 2009. The basic premise is that the Greek gods are real, and throughout history they have children with regular people. Percy Jackson is the son of a Greek god, and a prophecy is made in which he fights powerful beings and saves the world.

These books are great for kids. The integration of Greek mythology into the modern world is creative and fun. The pace is easy and there is action and suspense every chapter. The characters are multifaceted and face real problems aside from saving the world, including family relationships, friendship, and living with disabilities (Percy has AD/HD and dyslexia). The plot is creative and the series has an ending that I did not see coming from anywhere.

If you've never read these, I recommend them, and also for your kids if you have any. Riordan's first series is great, and his newer ones are definitely on my list to read next.

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