Percy and his friends are joined by three new demigods, a brother and sister from the past (don’t ask) and a daughter of Zeus. Two major issues are set before them, the one most concerning Percy is that one of his closest friends (and let’s face it, rivals) Annabeth disappeared over the side of a cliff, and no one has any idea where she is. Also a major goddess, Artemis is missing. What could possibly be powerful enough to cause a goddess like Artemis to disappear? There’s also rumors of a mysterious monster running about.
So the unlikely quartet of Percy, Thalia (daughter of Zeus), and Nick and Bianca (Hades’ time-displaced children) set out on a mission that Percy was specifically told not to go on. But surely Percy is older, wiser, braver, and therefore fit for the task…. isn’t he?
I enjoy these books for so many reasons. The main characters are funny, flawed, loyal, and heroic. Riordan tells this adventure tale with a clever wit, and realistic portrayals of teens. Percy is goofy and awkward, but tries his best anyway. There are so many strong characters in this book, especially the female characters. They portray strength without feeling the need to prove it or steal it from a guy. This is a humorous adventure story that I can easily recommend. Again, there is a sort of “magic” in this series, but it’s often treated like a superpower. Most often the young demigods act and feel like teenage superheroes, and often feel the burden of that responsibility.
If my son asked me if he could read this I would be ok with him reading it as young as 9. I would definitely make sure that he would be able to tell the difference between fact and fiction first. For adventure, mild violence, and super watered down magic I give this book a 1.5 on the cootie meter.