Monday, March 14, 2011

Books I love - Percy Jackson

All right, still building that summer book list? I have another amazing, super enjoyable series for you to add to it: Percy Jackson & the Olympians.

The basic premise of the Percy Jackson series is that the Greek gods are still alive. Throughout the centuries, they've moved to wherever the light of civilization is burning brightest, which, at the present time, is America. The gods are also continuing to do what they did best in ancient times, which is... have kids with mortals. Percy Jackson is (unknowingly) one of these kids. He soon finds out, however, and that is when the excitement begins. (Actually, I can't say that. It's exciting before he even finds out. But you know what I mean - big things begin to happen.)

Percy Jackson is an amazing series. These books have the best pacing out of pretty much any books I've ever read. Seriously, you are never bored. They are action packed throughout, and it's done brilliantly. I can't stress that enough. The plot is awesome, and the pacing is incredible.

The characters are awesome and endearing. You have your three main characters, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, who are awesome, and a whole cast of truly amazing characters who contribute greatly to the story.

Rick Riordan (the author) does a great job of interweaving Greek mythology in the books. You learn so much, and feel excited every time you knew about a bit of mythologic trivia before he mentions it.

A word of caution if you've seen the movie: disregard it. Like so many other book/movies, the book is better than the movies, in a lot of ways. The movie was decent, but the characters were way too old (Percy starts out at like twelve in the books) and some of the characters were really different than they are in the books (*cough* Annabeth*cough*). So, forget the movie. Wipe it from your memory. And then read the books.

Rick Riordan is starting two new series right now - The Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus. I've read the first book of both, and they're both awesome. When I found out the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series doesn't come out until October, I just about died. They're so good, and I really want to know what happens next. Yay for more books from amazing authors!

So, yeah. If you want to check out Percy Jackson (the first book is The Lightning Thief), I would highly recommend it.

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