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.
This is book wasn’t on my TBR, but I decided to read it anyway because people talk about how much they love the book and hate the movie, and I also know I am very late with this series but I heard so many great things about it that I had to give it a chance, and I really liked what I read.
First, lets discuss the charcaters. Percy is good protagonist, sort of reminded me of Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter in which he lives a mediocre life until he realizes he is destined for something more. It was also great to be introduced to the world through his eyes. As the son of Poseidon, he dealing with the fact that he is the son of the Big Three Gods.
Annabeth and Grover were great supporting characters. They did a good job helping Percy on his quest and learning more about the world around him. Grover is a satyr who was tasked to protecting him and then became his best friend. Annabeth the daughter of Athena gives him the knowledge of the Greek Gods and its ties to the modern world.
The main plot involves Percy being accused of stealing the lightning bolt from Zeus, and he, Annabeth and Grover are tasked with going to the Underworld confront Hades and find the bolt before the Gods go to war. While it does seem like a road trip book it was filled with side stops including defeating Medusa, while fighting off forces trying to kill them.
This book did a good job at mixing Greek/Roman mythology in the modern world, and it actually made a lot of sense, and even how some famous people are sons and daughters of gods and goddesses.
It was a very good first book that did a great job at introducing characters and the world around them. I will definitely be reading.
Now for my thoughts on the movie. I saw the movie before reading the book, and it may be cliche for me to say that the book was better. But the book had so much stuff the movies left out and for no sense whatsoever. Also the movie mad really bad adaptation choices which would have further ruined future adaptations. I think a TV show is in the works along with a musical, but I would have liked to have seen a great adaptation of this series.