Giving the Gods a “Glow Up”

Prisha Lekhak

Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

The author of this incredulous book series is Rick Riordan. Upon first stumbling across the book, I deemed it as a knock-off version of Harry Potter so I disregarded for a long time; and I couldn’t have been more right and wrong.

And let me tell you I was hooked right off the bat. The twelve-year-old, ADHD, repulsive, Perseus Jackson is in for the most dangerous quest of his life, along with a satyr best friend and the daughter of Athena; Annabeth for his companions.

The fact that Riordan is able to approach and deliver the grave and often serious scenes with a sense of humor is freaking hilarious and relatable—and also at the same time genius and immaculate. There are so many characters with their own unique traits but you still manage to keep up with all of them. Everything falls together like a jigsaw puzzle. Personally, the writing style of the author is what stood out to me the most. Truth be told, this book is what made me intrigued and into Greek mythology and wanting for more.

Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Titan’s Curse

I had had to skip the 2nd book of the series but the third one made up for it. (Or so I suppose). Percy gets a distress call from his satyr-buddy Grover who was made an important discovery, two powerful demigods whose parentage remains unknown. Demigods are the children of gods and mortal people; as described in the book. They are also the bridges between the gods and mortals, I would say.

Percy, the son of Poseidon along with his rather sassy best friend, Annabeth come to the rescue and this is where things tend to spice up for the characters; and as well for the readers. The Titan lord, Kronos also the primary villain of the series is stirring; thus causing all these “minor” monsters to wake and be a hindrance in the demigods’ paths.

I adore the team-work of all these characters and how one is incomplete without the other. Again, these rather modern, sarcastic demigods perfectly align with the old-fashioned, dare I say “boring” Olympian gods and it’s all such a ride!

Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth

Time’s running out for our hero Percy, war between the gods and the titans is right around the corner. To stop the Titan army, Percy and his friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth. Along the way, Percy and the readers will confront different enemies and the truth about the lost god Pan, and face the Titan Lord’s most terrible secret. The growing plot and the fascinating description of the scenes are incredulous.

The final war commences, with the battle of the Labyrinth.

Just like its counterparts, it does not disappoint. Filled with more secrets, action and fun to balance it out, you won’t be able to avert your eyes. Each installment of the series stands out in its own way and I’m here for it.

Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Last Olympian

Kronos’ army is stronger than ever and it will take every divine blood of the gods and demigods to stop them.

The highly anticipated conclusion to the soul-stirring series, this final installment is equally adrenaline-rushing. Whilst the Olympians are kept busy trying to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, it’s up to the demigods to put a stop to this war and bring back their godly parents’ attention to the bigger problem.

The character development is crazy. Everything feels surreal and you are bound to catch yourself popping out your eyes to every moment. A marvelous journey, I would say. And the demigod heroes to prove their worth to their godly parents as well. It’s all good, for a while… (spoiler)

Wrapping it all up, I would say this is a great choice of a series for absolutely anyone into fiction, mythology or just looking to have a fun time reading. You will catch yourself holding your breath alongside the characters and cracking out at Gen Z demigods’ sarcastic remarks. I will say it again, Rick Riordan and his humor-filled writing is simply marvelous. You could say the old-fashioned nonchalant Greek gods got a major makeover.