Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

**Contains Spoilers!

"In a way, it's nice to know that there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong. For instance, when you're walking away from a bus that's just been attacked by a monster hags and blown up by lightning, and it's raining on top of everything else, most people might think that's just really bad luck; when you're a half-blood, you understand that some divine force is really trying to mess up your day."
                                                                                                                              -Percy Jackson

A pentalogy of fiction and adventure series authored by Rick Riordian, this series is surely a feast for those who have the love the Grecian mythology. Its about a dyslexic and ADHD kid, named Percy Jackson, discovers that he is Demigod. So Percy has to go to the Camp Half Blood to undergo training that Demigods undergo because they have powers far beyond that of the mortals, they must be protected and taught self protection. But all this not before knowing that his best friend is a Satyr (Half man, Half Goat) and losing his mom in a fight with a Minotaur. He enters Camp Half Blood - his parentage unascertained - finding that his teacher is Chiron, a Centaur, who taught great heroes like Hercules. Percy's dyslexia is explained by the fact that his brain is hardwired for ancient Greek and the ADHD are actually his natural inborn battle reflexes.

During a "Capture the Flag" game he finds that out the truth, that he is actually Poseidon's son. This makes matters worse as Zeus had blamed Poseidon for stealing his weapon, The Lightning Blot, and now believes that Poseidon made Percy do the deed as Gods themselves are forbidden from stealing each others powers directly. This starts of the first adventure of the series - "Percy  Jackson and the Lightning Thief" Percy befriends Annabeth Chase, daughter of Anthena and Luke, the son of Hermes and also finds  abully in Clarrise (Daughter of Ares). As the story proceeds, the initial blame on Hades is shifted as he himself had his "Helm Of Darkness" stolen. It turns out to be all Luke's work, who as is revealed in the books that follow, is actually working for the Titan King Kronos, who is the father of the current Gods of Mount Olympus and is looking for the a grand comeback. He had been banished to Hell, by Zeus, Poseidon and Hades.

Riordan does a good job of intertwining the ancient's legends in the series. Remember the Labyrinth of Minotaur? The Mount Atlas where the sky is held up a God? The Island of Calypso? The famous stable cleaning by Hercules? Well the series provides enough to satisfy a Grecian appetite. The best part of the story is that its not too simplistic, not a simple cat and mouse chase story with the perfect Gods and their children, they have their own share of mistakes, their own egos, even their own small blemishes on their larger-than-life personalities. I personally like the humour and the casual attitude of the character of Percy. He might be going to drop hundred feet, or mauled by a monster, but he still finds time for his witty dialogues.

Poster of the Movie - Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Lightning Thief

All together the series makes an interesting read for all ages. Friendship, loyalty, fatal flaws of all the heroes, rage, revenge, the wrath of Gods, their follies - all too well merged with a gripping storyline. Have fun reading it! And if you like this series, there a sequel series - Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus, which believe me takes everything to a whole new level.

Contributed by Mehak Priya