His name is Percy Jackson. And he is a half-blood.
If you don’t know what that is, it just means the person is dyslexic and suffers from A.D.H.D. He or she possesses strange talents one cannot explain. Moreover, half of his or her genes comes from a god. An Olympian god.
This revelation came in quite late for Percy. Aside from the above-mentioned “afflictions,” Percy is hunted down by creatures of mythology best left for nightmares. Finding refuge in Dionysius’s Camp Half-Blood, Percy trains for a quest to save the world from the warring gods. His Herculean tasks are to find Zeus’s master lightning bolt (which he allegedly stole), catch the real lightning thief, decipher the riddles of the Oracle, and save his mother from Hades. All of that to be accomplished in 10 days. Then he has yet to face his father-god, who abandoned him and his mother. Sometimes, one could only wish that the strange would just stay shut inside a book.
Honestly, I thought this would suck rocks. I’ve read and watched too many Greek-inspired stuff that it made me quite lukewarm to the material. When I read this book a day ago, I wasn’t expecting much. That was until I found myself stuck on my chair. This book is a page-turner. I devoured this like I haven’t eaten for days and a magical buffet suddenly appeared in the middle of the desert. After a few short butt-aching hours, I had to run to the bookstore to get the next books of the series. It’s that addictive!
Rick Riordan is a great storyteller. He takes in the old, mashes it up with the new, twists it with humor, and voila! A Greek mythology of his own. It takes an imagination to revisit old tales and create life from its embers. I specially love how he modernized his gods – Dionysius the Camp Director, Ares a Harley biker, Poseidon sort of a surfer guy, and Hades an overwhelmed landlord. It cracks me up. His heroes – Percy, Grover, Annabeth – are fantastic. I like how he made them as outcasts because they become more real and hilarious. The story can be quite predictable in a few chapters as it touches on several of the tales of old Greek mythology, but who cares!?! It’s a fun read! (Don’t get me started with the chapter titles – intriguing if you’re starting to read it, laugh out loud afterwards.)
This is definitely a wonderful re-discovery of old Greek. And a new frenzied adventure worth following.