PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 28th June 2005
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
This is a hugely popular road-trip / quest style novel. I loved the mixture of Greek Mythology with summer camp and road trip tropes. Percy was a fun character who developed through the novel as he discovers his ancestry and a whole new world that he must now navigate. The cast of characters here is so wide and incorporates so many different elements of Greek Mythology. This middle grade novel was so fun and the adventure was cute which led to an engaging read.
Keep Calm and Read On,