What if the gods of Olympus were alive in the 21st Century? What if they still fell in love with mortals and had children who might become great heroes — like Theseus, Jason and Hercules?
What if you were one of those children?
Such is the discovery that launches twelve-year-old Percy Jackson on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction – Zeus’ master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.
from the author, Rick Riordan’s website.
Like Harry Potter, in each book, the main character grows each year per book. The first book started when Percy is 12 years old, same as Harry. But if Harry Potter world ruled by witch and wizard, in Percy Jackson’s is ruled by God and Goddess from Greek Mythology. I, myself, love Greek myths and taken very much interest in the series (the fourth is coming soon). It’s fun to know what Poseidon or Aphrodite described, Greek myths creatures and monsters, its history (and well, myths). Also like Harry Potter, Percy is accompanied by two friends, Annabeth (the daughter of Athena and like Hermione, sharp and smart) and Grover (a satyr, like Ron, sometimes he act stupid but true to his heart).
And of course, every heroes needs a vilain. In Percy’s Adventure, the evil guy is Kronos, the king of Titans who once destroyed (and shattered into pieces) by Zeus, but now he is regaining his strenght and ready to make a revenge by building armies and woken up ancient monsters and creatures (ehem, sound like you-know-who).
But different with Harry’s battle, the story of Perseus Jackson told with lots of humor and less complicated. Also, the ignorant and mind-changing God and Goddess sometime very frustating. Like Percy who never met his father (the God of sea, Poseidon) but take a very high respect on him or Mr.D (short for Dionysius, the God of Wine) who enjoys bullying and making fun of Percy in the camp, but helped him in time of need,or Aphrodhite (Goddess of Love) and Ares (God of War) love affair that almost make Percy team killed.
The fun stuff is there’s too. It mention that Hermes (The God of messenger and medicine) is the one who found the Internet, that Abraham Lincoln is one of Athena’s children, that Apollo (the God of Sun) is driving a Maserati and love making Haiku (a bad one unfortunately).
The book will come to the big screen (Uma Thurman play Medusa, should be fun).
As I continue reading, I completely forget about Harry and enjoying Percy’s fun adventure.