Publisher: Hyperion Books
I first came across Percy Jackson when the film of this book was released, but at that time I didn't realise there was a book series behind the film. I haven't been into children's literature for nearly 30 years, so when the film came out it was completely new. Then once I'd started this blog and the Top Ten lists I kept seeing Percy Jackson here, there and everywhere. I thought I enjoyed the film well enough, and it's well received by many fellow bloggers, so I might as well give it a chance.
So glad I did!
Short synopsis: Percy Jackson is a troubled pre-teen, sufferer of ADHD, Dyslexia and so on. He kills his maths teacher on a school trip when she turns into a monster. His mother takes him away on a trip during which they're attacked by a Minotaur and his mother disappears in a flash of light, presumed dead. As it happens this is just outside a camp for special kids, the half human children of the Greek Gods. PJ is one such child and soon finds himself on a quest to save his mother and find Zeus's stolen Lightning Bolt. Along for the ride are his half goat friend Grover and fellow half-blood Annabeth. On his journey he meets many mythical creatures, only most of whom try to kill him.
What I liked most: The Greek myths are fascinating, I definitely want to learn more! Also I loved the chapter titles, they really made me want to read on.
What I liked least: Not much to dislike as far as I'm concerned. I would like to read a more adult equivalent I think. If anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them.
A little bit of controversy: I've read some brilliant reviews and also some complaints about the similarities with Harry Potter. Personally I don't see anything to suggest that Percy Jackson is a complete rip off of Harry Potter, there are some commonalities, true enough, but those also predate Harry Potter by a long way! I've read the second Percy Jackson book as well, and can honestly say I like both HP and Percy J.