I doubt that I would have ever read this book had I not saw the preview of the movie. I probably would not have read it even with the preview, but the idea of reading about the Greek gods is highly appealing to me. I am not sad that I bought this book at all. It is not a particularly hard read, but it is certainly an enjoyable one.
Percy Jackson, the son of the sea god Poseidon and a mortal woman, comes to learn that he is a half-blood and thereafter his world is full of mythical monsters and a quest to find Zeus’s stolen lightening bolt, an instrument that Percy is accused of stealing, though we come to learn was taken by Ares, the god of war.
Appearances by mythical beats such as the Minotaur, Medusa, hellhounds, the Furies, and the Chimera (my personal favorite) give this book a very tongue in cheek sort of humor. The first Fury is Percy’s math teacher. Medusa is the owner of a Garden Emporium, the Chimera first appears as a Chihuahua.
Riordan also fuses the old idea of the hero’s journey with new technology. To get to Mount Olympus you use the elevator in the Empire State building and go to floor 600, the entrance to the underworld is DOA records in Los Angeles. Ares and Aphrodite are together on a Tunnel of Love ride and to avoid Hephastus’s trap they escape, leaving behind some of their relics. Ares, in what we later learn is a trap, asks the kids to retrieve these articles. This is where we see that Olympus gets television, or perhaps satellite, signal.
In the end the impertinent Percy Jackson battles Ares and wins, returning the lightning bolt, and Hades crown of darkness, angering Zeus in the process. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next books.
I just have one last thing to say about this book ”CHIMERA – RABID, FIRE-BREATHING, POISONOUS – IF FOUND, PLEASE CALL TARTARUS – EXT. 954.”