In this book, Percy Jackson describes several Greek heroes throughout ancient mythology. It depicts various the heroes (including Perseus, Hercules, Orpheus, and Jason) and gives details on the monsters fought, the evil kings overthrown, and the painful deaths they encountered. Told through the humorous, modern style of Percy Jackson, one finds the once-boring mythology lessons entertaining, along with the facts as the foundation for a unique collection of stories. Timeless stories such as the labors of Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts, and the killing of Medusa are intertwined with modern culture to communicate such stories in a way unlike all others. In no time, one falls into the book’s rhythm and yearns for more.
I found this set of stories enjoyable and interesting. The characters are described in detail; information is provided about their parents, roots, deaths, and major events through their lives. Though the majority of it was humorous, the situations and danger were still conveyed easily and provide a thrill when read. Like all other books of this character, the writing style is well developed. In each of the 12 sections, the plot is well-written with the golden number of details: a definite amount, although not overwhelming. The setting too is explained well. Throughout, the narrator’s voice is present and the sentences are fluent. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to a friend.
Much of this book was memorable, but certain parts stood out over the others. An instance is the author’s involvement of modern-day cultural aspects, including the usage of iPhones and selfies.
Reviewed by Shivram, Grade 8, Gayton Library