Written by Atharv Balaji, a grade 5 student
Percy Jackson is a fantasy fiction series written by Rick Riordan.
What’s it about?
This series is about a boy called Percy Jackson, who finds out that he is a demigod and must travel to Camp Half-Bloods. In the camp, demigods train to vanquish the monsters on Earth. Throughout the series, Percy meets mythical creatures such as centaurs, cyclopes, satyrs, and titans.
The series consists of five books and is suitable for ages 8+.
Book 1: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Grover Underwood travel to the underworld to rescue Percy’s mother and retrieve Zeus’s weapon, Master Bolt. Zeus suspects Percy of stealing his weapon and wants it back by the summer solstice or else there will be war between the gods.
Book 2: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Thalia’s Pine tree, which protects Camp Half-Blood, has been poisoned! Annabeth, Percy and his half-brother Tyson go on a quest to retrieve the only thing that can save it, the golden fleece, a magical substance that can heal anything.
Book 3: Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
Percy Jackson and some new friends go on a quest to find the goddess of the hunt, Artemis. Percy travels to rescue Annabeth from Atlas’s lair the oracle predicts not all will survive and one shall bear the Titan’s curse.
Book 4: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
Percy and Annabeth find the labyrinth, an invasion route straight into camp. Now Kronos doesn’t need to destroy the borders to invade. Luke, Percy’s arch-nemesis, seeks Ariadne’s string, an accurate navigation system for travelling through the labyrinth. It’s up to Percy, Annabeth, Tyson, and Grover to stop Luke.
Book 5: Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
Typhon, the dreaded monster, is charging at Olympus and keeping the gods busy. Kronos is planning to destroy Olympus while the gods are struggling to stop Typhon. Percy and 40 demigod friends have to stop Kronos for about a few centuries because Titans are immortal.
The series is so interesting that I always want to know what happens next. It’s really hard to put down once you start reading. I also liked the fact that you learn a little about Greek gods and Greek mythology. Many of the titles of chapters are funny and there are many twists and turns in the book. My favorite chapter names are “I ruin a perfectly good bus”, “I plunge to my death” and “I become the supreme lord of the bathroom”.
What I disliked about the series is, that when Percy is about to die, you know he won’t because there is a sequel.
The other series by the same author are Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and Trials of Apollo.
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