Marvellous Middle Grade Monday – Percy Jackson and the Olympians!

I had been wanting to read this series for at least a year till I finally decided to pick up the first book: The Lightning Thief. I’m so glad I did!  There are a total of 5 books in this series, written by Rick Riordan, and all of them are fantastic!

images-1Release date: April 1st 2006

Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books

Number of pages: 389

Genre: Fantasy/ fiction

“Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.”

The sequels are:

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This series is a kind of modern take on Greek mythology. It’s really interesting to see how Rick Riordan twists ancient Greek stories and characters into his own unique plot. I was fascinated throughout all of the five books because the allusions to Greek mythology just kept getting more clever! It’s not just entertaining but also educational! I learnt more about Greek gods/goddesses and myths than I ever did in any classroom!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is filled to the brim with action and adventure! It’s fast paced, fun and just perfect if you want to get lost in a wonderful world of adventure. The character and world development is great – Rick Riordan executed it all finely. I didn’t find the plot predictable – it was full of surprises and twists! Another thing I loved was the witty humour throughout these books. The dialogue, monologue and/or description of certain things left me smiling or actually laughing out loud.

Let’s talk about the covers of these books. They are beautiful! I love the colours and the illustrations and the design! They don’t reveal too much of the plot, but most of them do capture some important scenes or elements.

I would recommend this series to everyone! If you’re in primary school, high school, university, whatever! Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a series that anyone can read; it’s a lot of fun and you’d be missing out on a great adventurous journey if you don’t read these books!

The Lightning Thief was adapted into a movie in 2010, but anyone who has read the book will agree that it wasn’t the best adaption. A new director has taken up the adaption of the second book (The Sea of Monsters) and by the looks of the trailer, it seems to follow the book’s storyline much more closely than the first movie did. The second movie comes out in cinemas on September 19th in Australia. I can’t wait! 🙂

Happy reading,

Z.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Marvellous Middle Grade Monday – Percy Jackson and the Olympians!

  1. Glad you finally got around to this! I have loved them since they came out; the second book has a movie in the works, although Pierce Brosnan is not to be in it! Thanks for joining MMGM!

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