“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.
If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom and dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.
Being a half-blood is dangerous. It’s scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful nasty ways.
If you’re a normal kid, reading this because you think its fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe none of this ever happened.
But if you recognize yourself in these pages-if you feel something stirring inside- stop reading immediately. You might be one of us. And once you know that, it’s only a matter of time before THEY sense it too, and they’ll come for you.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
Now don’t tell me that, the above lines didn’t stir a feeling inside of you to want more, to read more, and to know more. These were the opening lines of the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief of the Olympian Series by Rick Riordan. And I am guilty of falling into the traps of those enticing words.
I was in high school when I first laid my hands on the first book of the series. I was a little hesitant to read this book. For starters, the book had a narrative of a twelve-year-old boy who suffered from ADHD and was a Greek demigod of all things!
I decided we had nothing in common at all.
But after a series of pleas and promises from my friends, I set out on the journey of reading the series. After reading just the first line of the book, I realized that it’s going to be one thrilling adventure for me, too.
The son of God of Sea, Poseidon, was the absentee father that Percy Jackson never met. Well, that was until Poseidon decided to claim Percy because God needed something that his son had. Percy lived a normal life, struggling with middle school and hating homework, until he was discovered by a group of people whom he didn’t know and was taken to a place where he had never been.
The Camp-Half Blood was a very strange place for him, considering he never knew that he was a demigod, to begin with. He did not ever have anybody or know anybody except his mother, who was apparently dead. Percy set on a journey along with his friends to save the mortal world from the wrath of the Gods.
Unlike the books and stories that talks about mythology, Riordan has used a very different tone for his narration. It is fresh, relatable, and filled with humour. It allures its readers because of its simple language and characters (including the mighty Gods) who are set in the modern world, despite their ancient background. Depending upon their job, the Gods can be found shopping at the fifth avenue (Aphrodite) or throwing the coolest parties (Apollo) or handling the world at the top of the Empire States building (Zeus). Yes, Gods are living their (immortal) lives, while Percy is trying to save the Earth by delaying the impending apocalypse with his wit and sarcasm.
Moreover, if you were or are a lover of the Harry Potter series, you are set to love this book. Even Riordan admits that the Percy Jackson series was inspired by his love of Rowling’s Harry Potter books and Greek Mythology. For starters, both Harry and Percy attend a special school for children with special capabilities; both the heroes use significantly important landmarks to enter the world of unknown and both of them have a set of very faithful friends.
Riordan was an English Teacher at a school in Texas and loved narrating stories related to Greek Mythology to his son who disliked reading due to ADHD. His son’s love for Greek myths propelled Riordan to create Percy Jackson – a character who also suffered from ADHD, and lived a loathsome life until he discovered that he was more special than he could ever give himself credit for.
Riordan didn’t want his son to feel left out because of his problem. So, he created a hero that had similar complications as his son, in order to make him and people like him, feel a part of something bigger and encourage them to wear their shortcomings as a badge of honour instead.
This book series is not only written as a motivational story to be inspired from. It is for readers of all kinds. It talks of dark forces, whose existence is often feared or negated and of a young boy who has to fulfil a destiny – like in the stories of Hercules and Theseus.
Percy Jackson series is for the lovers of Greek mythology and magic, wars and humour, innocence and courage.
If you could choose one of the Greek Gods as your parent, who would it be?
About the Author
Fareeha Arshad is a forager of meaning, a reader by passion, a writer by choice, and a scientist by vocation. The Arab born, confused Desi lives on the Persian Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia with her parents and siblings, where she spends most of her time studying, teaching, writing or cooking.