Series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians
Published by Disney-Hyperion on June 3rd 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Greek & Roman, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
All five books in the blockbuster Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, in paperback, have been collected in a boxed set fit for demigods. Now with glorious new cover art and packaged with a special poster, this value-priced set includes the best-selling The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. Whether it is for readers who are experiencing Percy's thrilling adventures with Greek gods and monsters for the first time, or for fans who want to devour the saga again, this gift will be prized by young and old.
A series of books that have been on my TBR pile was Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series. This young adult series features demigod Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, and his fellow demigod friends and deals with their struggles of growing up. Unlike other teens, these kids are the offspring of Olympian gods who’ve mated with humans, and possess special powers. As cool as this may seem, these children also are hunted for what they are, and struggle with being accepted by the godly parents who’ve seemingly abandoned them, as well as each other. The series currently has five books to date, and has also spawned two spin-off series.
In each of the novels, Percy and his friends get dragged into the god’s problems and must use their special abilities to save the world. Even though the books could be read in any order, the series greatly benefits from being read in the correct order as the overarching mythology and mysteries build over the course of the series. It all begins in the first novel, Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, when Percy discovers his true parentage, and begins to understand why he’s dyslexic and has problems in school. When Zeus’ master lightening bolt is stolen, Percy is the prime suspect and must clear his name. Along the way he attends Camp Halfblood, a special school that offers sanctuary for demigods and trains them to be warriors. This adventure allows Percy the opportunity to meet his father, make friends, and discover he’s not alone.
The second book in the series, The Sea of Monsters, Percy returns to Camp Halfblood only to discover that an old enemy has set out to destroy the camp. Percy and his friends must retrieve the Golden Fleece before the camp is destroyed for good. This book picks up a year after the events in the first book, and pulls Percy deeper into a bigger mystery. While facing old enemies, Percy makes new allies and discovers he’s not the only son of Poseidon after all. These allies come in handy later on when Percy’s friend, Annabeth, is kidnapped in the third book, The Titan’s Curse.
In the fourth book, Percy Jackson and the Labyrinth, Percy doesn’t just have to battle old nemesis, but now has to contend with the Titan’s who’ve set their sights on avenging a past slight. Despite trying to start over at a new school with a new mortal friend, Percy must leave his new life behind in order to set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – “a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.” After three previous quests, Percy now realizes that everything is connected, and that his success through the Labyrinth just may not just save Camp Halfblood, but the entire world.
The series concludes in the fifth book, The Last Olympian. After Percy’s quest through the Labyrinth, he and the half-bloods have been preparing for war against the Titans. While the Olympians battle all of the monsters the Titans have loosed, Percy Jackson and the demigods must find a way to stop Kronos, as the prophesy surrounding Percy unfolds.
This series is a fun, thrill-ride for all ages. In fact, I read all five over the course of a week and a half. Despite being written for young adults, this action-packed series sucked me in right away, and I found it hard to put down. As I stated above, you can read the books out of order, but I would advise against it. The books don’t just have a quest in each book, but an overarching story that will not be fully appreciated unless read from beginning to end. If you’ve seen the two film adaptations of the first to books, don’t let that stop you from reading this series, as per usual, the books are far superior to the films. If you’re looking for an easy, fun, exciting read, or just want to get your kids to pick up a book instead of the remote, than Percy Jackson & the Olympians won’t disappoint.