Percy Jackson & The Olympians, by Rick Riordan

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WHY I PICKED THIS BOOK UP

What initially caught my attention were the title “The Lightning Thief” and its book cover of a boy holding a bronze sword, standing on knee-high water, in front of buildings and under storm clouds and lightning. Although they say not to judge a book by its cover, I usually judge a book by its book cover.

WHY I KEPT READING THIS BOOK

I was a big fan of myths, especially Greek myth, ever since way back in high school. My sister and I used to collaborate on a story about a group of teenage kids, later discovering they’re somewhat related/ have descended from Greek gods/goddesses, situated in present time. Our idea and Rick Riordan’s were actually almost similar; the ideas altogether were generic.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians is like a combination of American Gods and Good Omens both by Neil Gaiman (with Terry Pratchet for the latter). The plot is a mix of mythological gods and goddesses in the present world and of humor. Unlike American Gods, Percy Jackson is definitely for the kids or kids-at-heart.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians is a first-person narrative told by Percy Jackson himself. In his way of unfolding the events of what is happening, the characters add humorous and witty comments. It isn’t very predictable and it makes the mind work a lot. The mystery and creativity in the story makes it so lovable.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians tells of a story about a young boy who later discovers that he is a son of a god, making him a demigod, which will then explain the things happening around him. It’s has a teenage-story cliche in it, but the adventure and fantasy adds fun to it.

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