Saturday, March 27, 2010

Series Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians


by Rick Riordan

This is more of a short post, and won't really include much individual summaries/reviews as opposed to group reviews. At the bottom, you can see my overall thoughts, and individual ratings for each book!!

The series (which is complete) consists of 5 books, links to goodreads:
  1. The Lightning Thief
  2. The Sea of Monsters
  3. The Titan's Curse
  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth
  5. The Last Olympian

So... a summary?

Basically, Percy Jackson, a 12 year old at book 1, and almost 16 in book 5, finds out he is the son of a God and a human (so he's a demigod). Now, I know that when I first heard of this idea, I thought it would be lame and cheesy, but I think the author really pulled it off. Percy has so many adventures it's impossible to summarize, but everything he does just builds up to the Great Prophecy.... dun dun dunn

Now, my mini-review/thoughts:

I really liked this series. I thought it reminded me of Harry Potter in the way that it started out as a whisper, aimed at younger audiences, but ended with a huge bang of explosion and fireworks that would appeal to YA readers. The constant action and adventure is reminicent of HPs bad luck with Voldy, and Rick Riordan the author also introduces so many cool half-creatures and expertly weaves Greek mythology undertones into the story. I don't know about you, but I loved Greek mythology when studying it in school, so it made me smile when the book mentioned something I remembered studying 5 years ago.

Now to the characters: I will admit, Percy would be appealing to the general population of both gendres, he is heroic to a fault, funny, and is pretty darn powerful. I will be the first to say,, however, that he is a bit of a perfect character, I can sense no serious flaws apart from his greatest fault: "extreme loyalty to people he loves".... yeah, you know where that is going. If you read my review of the Study Series, you know that I absolutly detest "mary-sue" characters who have everything and are super-duper, yet I couldn't really help but cheer on Percy as he slayed the next mythical monster.

The other characters, like Annabeth and Tyson aren't very deep either. I did really really like the character of Grover, funny but still brave (and he's a satyr! lol, go goat feat). The antagonist, Luke, is one of the best characters, but I won't spoil it!

Lastly, the plot is where the book really shined. Reminicent of Skulduggery minus the wittiness, it was action-action-action, swordfights, explosions, looming deadlines, so much constant adventure that I found it hard to put down the books. Did I mention I read the entire series in less than a week? That's how addicting it was after I got through the first book. The action is appealing to readers of most ages (if I were to put an age range, I would say 8-18). To me, I felt the first book was hard to get through, and the second one was just a bit better. I liked the fact that it escalated in excitement and action as the series continued though. I can't fault the plot, it had everything I wanted and expected (which was action and adventure), and more.


Bottom Line: Excellent adventure and action, books got better as the series continued, somewhat shallow but still appealing characters (in danger of getting mary-sue-y), a bit of humor, lots of appeal, and a great plot with a satisfying and climatic ending.

Individual Book Ratings:

The Lightning Thief (7.7)
The Sea of Monsters (8)
The Titan's Curse (8.2)The Battle of the Labyrinth (8.5)
The Last Olympian (9)

Series Rating: 8.4






PS - A lovely reviewer, Kelsey, has written a wonderful post (HERE!) that compares the Percy Jackson series to Harry Potter, if you want more encouragement to read the novel! Warning: it is a Book Review for Books 2, 3, and 4, so they may contain spoilers!

10 comments:

  1. I LOVED this series, and I know where you're coming from with the PJ series being like the HP series. If you're interested, I wrote a review on 3 of the books of the PJ series, and I wrote about how they have a lot of the same storylines, characters, etc.: http://thedoortowonderland.blogspot.com/2010/03/ya-book-review-percy-jackson-and.html

    Thanks for the review!

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  2. Kelsey- I really liked your post! I linked it in my review :D, thanks!!

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  3. wow, great review! i love how you took the time to delve into the series and the individual novels. very interesting.

    thanks for your perspective!!

    :D

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  4. thanks for stopping by, tahereh :)

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  5. Love the review! We love these books! Newest follower from the Blog Hop! Thanks for stopping in at Scraps of Life!

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  6. Nice review, or mini-review! I've heard wonderful things about this series and seen several reviews, but I did enjoy the comparisons to other well known series that you made. It brings it to a level that most readers can understand (I mean, who hasn't read Harry Potter?). Thanks for sharing....and happy reading!

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  7. Susieqtpies - Thanks for dropping by =D

    GMR- I really hope you try this series, I highly recommend it :) thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  8. Great review. I've never read these ones. I only really becam aware of them when the film came out.

    They sound fun though, I think I'll give them ago. Especially as I'm in the mood for some fun action books.

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  9. I love this series, so much fun. Great review! I just found your blog, super cute!

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  10. Alexa- thank you! I do recommend them if you're in the spirit for nonstop action :)

    Kath- thank you so much, thanks for stopping by! =D

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