Read + Review: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, by Rick Riordan

The next book from Riordan is sure to please all readers. This book, Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, is a new and unexplored perspective on the Greek gods and their individual tales. Throughout this book, all the chapters are narrated by Percy Jackson, who not only produces a reliable account of what happened, but also includes his own ideas and jokes from time to time. Taken from a completely new angle, the author starts with explaining the beginning of time and the primordial god who started it all: Chaos, then shines more light on the Golden Age in which the Titans ruled, and ends with describing the 12 gods and goddesses, not to mention a few extra stories about their relationships, rivalries, and feuds. Most of this story takes place in Greece, as these are genuine legends with some remarks, modernization of language, and opinions from Percy Jackson. A very enjoyable book, this has more than enough information on the different aspects of Greek mythology.

I believe that this is another very entertaining book by Rick Riordan. Although it contains mostly fact, the voice and fluency throughout the pages made this topic not only easy to understand, but also enjoy as well. I liked the author’s writing style, for even as it is in first person perspective, a good job was done distributing the facts. A major thing about this book was its humor. Without, this would have been like any other story, but the author enhanced the mythology into this narrative-like view, with much opinion and sarcastic comments. The way the book has been written makes you want to keep reading on. The one mistake made from the beginning to the end is that Percy keeps repeating, “That’s a story for later.” This leads you to think he might describe it later, but it never comes. However, this is a minor flaw, as this is the only downside. Overall, this is a very well written book with much humor throughout, and has a good writing style, and I would recommend this to others.

One part that sticks out to me is the description of the beginning of time. Percy goes fairly in depth with the details, and this is a surprising part of the book, for the first age with only Chaos has never been properly described, making this a new and pure experience. Not only this, another positive factor is the way Percy makes sarcastic comments and jokes that suit both his personality and any present topic.

four stars

Reviewed by Shivram, grade 7, Gayton Branch Library

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