Take a Trip Through Greek Myths with Percy

Take a Trip Through Greek Myths with Percy

Matthew Arellano

Like many other students out there, I too have not touched a book in YEARS. The only reason I’d pick up a book is for my Accelerated Reader Goal in elementary, yuck. Yet for myself, most likely others as well, Greek, 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Rick Riordan

Roman, and literally any other type of mythology or legends have spiked my interest. I faintly remember picking up the Percy Jackson series when I was back in 8th grade and loving it, so when I decided to buy the series I knew I was going to have a good time. And boy did I.   

The series was published back in 2005 by author Rick Riordan. The series consists of 5 books, that have an amazing cast of characters. The books are perfect pace and length, most of them being in the 300-400 page range. The series is about a Great prophecy coming to life when Percy learns he is a ‘demigod,’ the child of a god and a mortal.  After WW2, the big three swore a pact to not bare anymore children because they were too powerful and they caused, well WW2. Yet, Percy is a son of Poseidon, one of the big three  Greek gods. Each book conceives a prophecy that adds into the Great Prophecy, it also sets a quest each book. The books are by far the most action packed I’ve read. From the first chapters to the ending letters of ink on the page, there’s a glimmer of happiness in reading these books.

The main characters are so relatable and predictable. We find Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, just there to kick butt and learn awesome water powers, but with a great weight on his shoulders. Annabeth, daughter of Athena, is a good lead character and a good balancing to the stupidity and chaos that is Greek mythology. The last of our trio is Grover, a satyr, half goat and half man? What could go wrong with that and his uplifting and childish personality.

The way that Greek mythology is tied with these books is absolutely clever. Gods are just thrown here and there to aid or be put against our heroes. Monsters are put everywhere, from Medusa all the way to cyclops and to dracaenae. And of course, the Greek Olympians are here to aid and put troubles into our heroes.  The way the gods just come and go is very pleasing, it is still a big deal, but it’s just balanced.

This book series brought me a lot of happiness and good vibes. There were moments, even during class, where I just could not put the book down. There were moments at night where I would just yell in excitement. The book series of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, is just too good to put down at times. This series is a great 10 out of 10. You MUST take a chance to read this series. Tips, just don’t read the chapter names and pay attention to minor details, read it for pure enjoyment.