Monday, March 8, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3) The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This third book felt more like a set-up for the grand finale than a well-defined quest. We get introduced to lots of characters who either die or play piviotal roles in the upcoming books. Still, I enjoyed meeting Apollo, with his fast cars and terrible poetry. Some of the baddies were really good, like zombie soldiers and Atlas (really, Atlas is a baddie?!). There were a few deus ex machinas (literally and figuratively) in this book, which is only fitting, being an ode to Greek literature and all.
Enjoyable overall, but not one of the best in the series.

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The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book captured by kids' imagination the most of any of the books--and I can see why, with a maze underground that constantly shifts and bends time and space. Each corner introduces the characters to new dangers, challenges, and wonders. Lots of adventure, lots of fun. It does a good job of setting up the series for the final book as well.

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My rating: 4 of 5 starsThe Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5) The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The final book is full of action. In fact, there is so much of the grand and final show-down in the book, that it does tend to drag on a bit. The gods have all joined together to fight Typhon, a super-monster that is making it's way across the U.S. and the demi-gods are left to defend Olympus against Kronos. Monsters seem to overwhelm the heros, but new allies come to help drive them back. Then Kronos unleashes another new suprise monster/attack and a surprising new ally comes to the rescue, et cetra. Still, the story has enough emotional integrity to keep it from becoming too tiresome. The ending wraps up nicely, though there are a few inconsistencies. I won't quibble about them though, because overall the series was fun, adventurous, promoted good things like family, loyalty, and environmentalism, and most importantly, excited my 9-year old enough to read the whole series.

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