Monday, August 12, 2013

Teen review: Rick Riordan

Reviews by Xavier C., 11th grade

Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Number of Pages: 375
Genre: Fantasy
Series Affiliation: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Reading Level: Middle School
Rating: 5

The Lightning Thief is the first installment of the Percy Jackson series, and recounts how Percy Jackson discovers a world of gods, monsters, and heroes. Percy is just like any other kid with ADHD and dyslexia, except he is half-god. After discovering that the Greek gods really do exist and Percy's dad is one, Percy is cast into a world of mythology and danger. When Percy is accused of stealing the weapon of the god Zeus, he must go on a journey to find the true thief and rescue his captive mother. It's a race against time in this series opener.

Personally, I really enjoyed this book. The writing style and characters are comical, and the moments that are serious are captivating, and leave the reader desiring nothing. I recommend this book to anyone seeking a fun ride, and to anyone who enjoys the work of Rick Riordan.

The Son of Neptune 
Number of Pages: 513
Series Affiliation:
The Heroes of Olympus

The Son of Neptune is the second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series. The book opens with demigod hero, Percy Jackson, being attacked and chased by two hideous monsters. Normally, this would be all in a day's work for Percy, but there is just one problem: Percy doesn't remember who he is. In this book, Percy will face monsters and foes as before, but he will also discover that there is a rival Roman camp that shouldn't exist, and learns that to stop the evil goddess Gaea, the two enemy camps must overcome their differences and unite as one. As Percy travels north with his new friends to stop evil from awakening, he will be faced with challenges even he hasn't faced before.

I recommend this book, as well as the rest of this series, and Rick Riordan's other series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and The Kane Chronicles.

The Throne of Fire 
Number of Pages: 446
Series Affiliation:
The Kane Chronicles

The Throne of Fire, Book Two in the Kane Chronicles, sends Carter and Sadie around the world again, along with their friends, initiates, gods, and of course their baboon Khufu, on an epic quest to find and save the sun god, Ra. Only problem is, no one knows where Ra has been for millennia. Carter and Sadie must search for Ra to stop the chaos god Apophis from devouring the world. Along the way, Carter and Sadie make new friends, and sadly lose old ones, on a journey to save the world...sounds like fun!

I personally enjoyed The Throne of Fire. As always, Rick Riordan’s writing style is fun and enjoyable, but really goes deep into the hearts and souls of his characters. Carter and Sadie are relatable as always and are fun to get to know. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an easy, fun read.

Editor's note: We also have each of these books as a sound recording (audio book).

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