Monday, December 14, 2009

Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan, reviewed by Rukmini Choudhury

Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by
Name: Rukmini Choudhury (15 years)
School: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi

Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian is the fifth book of a series that blends ancient Greek mythology with contemporary iconic tools of modernity. Percy Jackson, Poseidon’s son, is a demigod, an offspring of a mortal parent and a godly one, with ADHD and dyslexia (since his mind is wired for hunting and ancient Greek language).

This series taught me more Greek mythology than my GK book did. After the intriguing fourth book, I’d been desperately waiting for this. And, Rick Riordan has made it a series to remember. It has a magical plot as usual, with Percy taking a dip in the Styx, imitating Achilles himself, and Camp Half-Blood getting a new Oracle with the spirit of Delphi. But, though it was relieving to have all the loose ends tied up, which is all that this book was about, the ending was a wee bit predictable.

Anyhow, I love the writing style - even the most serious portions are hilarious - and even more the titles of the chapters, such as “I Take The Worst Bath Ever” and “Pigs Fly”! Riordan has very cleverly left the option open to write a fresh season of the Olympians.

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