Thursday, January 3, 2013

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan REVIEW

  

Possible minor spoilers ahead!

I honestly don't know why I'm bothering to review this series. No review will do it justice. The awesomeness is just beyond words. I haven't felt this kind of magic since reading Harry Potter. I want to rush up to the author and say thank-you for making such a legendary book. I'd love to buy anything related to it. That reminds me... I feel kind of guilty since I downloaded these books into my rather new kindle and didn't pay for it. I prefer to have the original, so I can feel the texture of the pages, smell the paper in the book, and, well, it just feels more natural with it. But I have to make do with this.

Like how Harry Potter borrowed elements from Lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson borrows elements from Harry Potter. Just to show you, I'll do a comparison thing here. The bold ones apply to Percy Jackson.

LOTR-HP
Magical creatures, like elves, dwarves, wizards, etc. 
Invisibility is used.
Sauron and Voldemort is referred to as "Dark Lord".
Antagonist is broken and wants to regain power.
Fighting with trolls
Dark Forests
Merry and Pippin/Fred and George
Powerful swords (Andruil/Godric's sword)
Starts out pretty young
Wants to go to safe heaven (Shire/Hogwarts)

HP-Percy Jackson
In addition to what the picture explains...
Magical creatures, like elves, dwarves, wizards, etc. 
Invisibility is used. (Annabeth's cap)
Starts out pretty young
Antagonist is broken and wants to regain power. (Kronos)
Powerful swords (Riptide)
Wants to go to safe heaven (Half-blood camp)

Professor Trelawney/The Oracle
Umbridge/Tantalus (They took over the safe haven for sometime and failed)
They both are nervous to say the name of a powerful character
The school divides its students into houses/cabins, and the protagonist didn't agree with one (Slytherin/Ares)
The wise ones know the prophecy but won't tell them until the time comes
Dursleys/Smelly Gabe
Talking to certain animals (Snakes/Horses)
Buckbeak/Blackjack
Three-headed dogs

I could go on, but I will stop there. You get the point. Moving on.

This book incorporates fantasy stuff into the 'real world', or the world as we know it. From the first page, where it said 'read on if you think this is fiction' got me hooked and gave me the illusion that it was actually real, which I really like. 

One thing that especially made me like the series was the weird family, especially the bond between Percy and his father. Today is my father's birthday, and I can't imagine not being with him. Percy's dad and other gods are just so powerful looking, and I always look forward to Percy's relationship with them. I would never forget the first time they hugged.

Another thing is the protagonist himself, which reminds me of Harry. His greatest flaw is that of Anakin Skywalkers- he would give the world to save his friends. Unlike Anakin, he did both. I always find myself wondering, if given the choice, would I save everyone I love and let everyone else die, or save everyone and those they love and let whom I love die. I know the right choice- pick like a Jedi. But it's hard. If it's just me dying a painless death, then I would probably choose me dead and everyone else saved.

Back to the topic. Percy is perfect to me- he's not a perfect character, he's real. I can just hear him being called 'seaweed brain'. He doesn't know everything. He can't shoot straight. He doesn't think he's handsome (But, believe me, just imagining him would make me smile like an idiot). He isn't a good archer (I like good ones like Legolas, but he shot straight once, right?). He isn't the best swordsman, though he is pretty good. He is hindered by the sky, but he's powerful in the sea. His name alone captures my interest. Perseus. For some reason, I love that name so much. I won't be surprised if I name my kids that someday, but let's not get to that.

The plot of each story itself is amazing. Each book is distinguished but intertwined with one another. Action is packed inside the best way possible, and it's fast paced and will never leave you disappointed. Each character's conflict, courage, revelation, treachery, friendship, and, in the end, love, makes the story extremely interesting.

**SPOILER** In the end of the series, I find Percy and Annabeth very cute together, but it bothers me that Percy will never become a god... he'll die a mortal. While I know that people do crazy things for love (makes me think of Hercules's story- how he stayed mortal for his love), I will never understand this. I know dying is not the worst thing that can happen, but I still want him to become immortal. He deserves it. I feel at loss. **SPOILER ENDS**

And, oh, the humor. I find myself choking with laughter every so often. Sarcastic comments, bored gods in the face of danger, flying pigs to grilled pork chow, Poseidon to peanut butter, and who knows what? This will certainly serve as a huge inspiration for my book. I've been looking for ways to put in humor.

A stunning masterpiece as it is, every book has flaws. It's hard to find, but I think there needs to be a bit more space between action for the character to reflect on themselves for character development. Annabeth... I like her, but I don't like the name for some reason. Some unoriginal ideas. The book is a bit too young for me. But other than that I love it. 

I haven't read like this in a long while. I mean, reading with such passion and never wanting to do anything but finish the book. I felt really sorry it finished, like my life is aimless for a moment. I finished the whole series in less than a week. I think I finished one and a half books a day, and I usually use one week to read the book. The last time it had been like this was when I read Pendragon (which I think deserves more respect and fans, since it's as good as this). When reading Pendragon, I had to sneak out of my room in the night (I sleep with my mom back then) and read in the toilet because I couldn't bear to wait until morning to finish it.


I recommend this book for anyone young at heart, or loves Greek Mythology. I am always interested in Egyptian, but this one made me extend to Greek too. I realized that I know more about Greek Mythology than I though by reading this book, and I also learnt more. By putting down this book, I felt a huge hole inside me. It will be a long time when I would feel this magic again. I don't know how it happened, or when it happened, but I know that I have become a fan. When putting down this book, I felt something special inside me that I haven't felt for a long, long time.  

15 comments:

  1. I'm really glad you enjoyed the series!!! :D It's definitely one of my favorites(I think I read it when I was your age, or I might have been a little bit younger). I really loved the characters, the humor, the action, and the Greek Mythology- I also enjoyed seeing Percy's relationship with his father, I, like you, thought it was really well done :). Have you read any of his other work? There's the Heroes of Olympus and The Kane Chronicles(which is about Egypt) which I think you'd also enjoy :)

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    1. Thanks! :D Glad you agree :) I'm reading Heroes of Olympus right now, and the Kane Chronicles is next on the list :D Then I'll go back to reading Star Wars.

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  2. I read those books in less than a week and I'm currently re-reading them. I love them so much its unreal. hahaha. I love how funny the books are and I've never read about such amazing characters before! they're perfection:)
    I'm so glad you enjoyed them! Ahhhh! I love Percy Jackson....:)

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    1. Oh me too! :) Thanks! I love Percy Jackson too! Sooo much ever since the first page! Especially his name... Perseus... oh my gods...

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  3. The Percy Jackson books were great. You should read the Heroes of Olympus if you haven't already.
    And I'm sure this will probably make you even more jealous, but I met Rick Riordan and got the entire series signed...

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    1. Thanks :) I have :D
      Oh my gods... my heart is bursting now...

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  4. Never seen the movies or read the books but the new movie coming out looks cool. By the way, why did you comment on my LOTR video games post with the name "Peter Jackson"? Just wanted to know. :)

    -James

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    1. Thanks :D Yeah :) I'm disappointed with the movie, since it hardly follows the book at all. Oh... and I don't have any idea what you're talking about... sorry :P I didn't comment on any of your LOTR video games post. Unless there's a hacker, I don't know. Can you give me the link? I'm interested.

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    2. Ops, very sorry. After I posted the comment I found out that "Peter Jackson" quoted your comment on the post from a few months ago and I thought it was signed "Solace Utara". But here is the link to the post. I wonder if that is the real Peter Jackson! Sorry again for the confussison. :/
      http://jandjproductions1809.blogspot.com/2012/04/best-lord-of-rings-video-games.html

      -James

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  5. Hmm... maybe I should check it out. I just hope the original version's available around here. I can't stand most translated versions of books.

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    1. You totally should :) I read it online, since there's none here and I can't stand translated ones here either :P

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  6. Percy Jackson IS the best series ever haha. I got too tired of waiting for the next books to come out so I created a blog about it. percyjacksonforlife.blogspot.com Check it out if you get a chance!

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    1. Sure, I'll check it out :) Glad you agree :D

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  7. I really need to point out that many of the comparisons used between HP and PJO are are present because both borrow from greek myth. The oracle existed in greek myth, the cabin rivalry in PJO more of had to do with the parents not like each other in myth nor their patron cities(Sparta and Athens) Perseus actually in some versions of the myth received a invisibility cap, and I'm sorry but i kind of face palmed at 3 headed dogs since Cerberus clearly came first.

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