78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The son of (a) god
If you know anything about Greek mythology, you'll know that their gods had a tendency to produce demigod kids by the dozen. And the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series is all about a boy who discovers that he's the offspring of a god, and the other demi-god kids that he gets to know at a very, very special camp. Rick Riordan spins a clever fast-moving adventure that...
Published on August 30, 2011 by E. A Solinas
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Book Set is great, the treasure chest container damaged in shipping twice.
We purchased the book set for our son for Christmas. The first set was sent back because the "treasure chest" carton was torn in several places, even though the shipping container appeared undamaged. The replacement "treasure chest" was in even worse shape, even though the second shipping container appeared undamaged. Rather than fuss with shipping it back again, we...
Published on December 7, 2009 by Spiritdancer
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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The son of (a) god,
This review is from: Percy Jackson pbk 5-book boxed set (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) (Paperback)If you know anything about Greek mythology, you'll know that their gods had a tendency to produce demigod kids by the dozen. And the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series is all about a boy who discovers that he's the offspring of a god, and the other demi-god kids that he gets to know at a very, very special camp. Rick Riordan spins a clever fast-moving adventure that mines ancient mythology and gives it a modern spin.
Percy Jackson has always been a troublemaker, but he's shocked when some truly strange things begin to happen in his life. After a minotaur attack, he learns that he's at a special training camp called Camp Half-Blood intended for demi-god children, and that his best friend Grover is actually a satyr bodyguard. Though Percy is understandably resistant to the idea, he soon makes friends in the sharp Annabeth and the bitter Luke (and enemies with the kids from Cabin Ares).
Oh yes, and he finds that he's the son of the god Poseidon... which is a problem since the "Big Three" gods have sworn an oath not to father any more kids, due to a rather ominous prophecy.
As a result, Percy finds himself in the middle of some epic cosmic battles -- he must recover Zeus' master lightning bolt before the world is thrown into chaos; he must venture into the Sea of Monsters to get Grover and the Golden Fleece; clash with the Titan Atlas; embark on a journey into the legendary Cretan Labyrinth to save the camp; and finally battles against Lord Kronos to save Olympus.
The Percy Jackson series is all a little Harry Potter in concept -- ordinary kid discovers he has magical powers, and is taught in a specialized school/camp while fighting against the forces of evil. Rick Riordan spends the first half of "The Lightning Thief" exploring the whole idea of Camp Half-Blood and the demi-god kids -- but after that, the series pretty much flows quickly to the slam-bang end.
Riordan has a snappy fast-moving style, and he peppers the story with plenty of plot twists and monstrous action. And he has quite a sharp-edged sense of humor -- the snarkiness is a bit annoying in the first chapter, but after that he produces some fun dialogue ("With great power... comes great need to take a nap"). And he does a good job with the concept of gods and monster surviving over the center of the western world, as well as spoking some fun at the gods' behavior.
I found Percy rather annoying in the first couple chapters, but Riordan slowly evolves him from a rather bratty, rebellious kid to a reluctant budding hero who will take on literally anything to keep his loved ones safe. Annabeth is an excellent counterpart to Percy, smart and measured if rather haughty in attitude, as well as the timid Grover, embittered Luke, punky Thalia and moody Nico. And the gods are portrayed in a rather clever, tongue-in-cheek way.
It has a couple slow spots, but Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is a solid, fast-moving little fantasy series, with likable characters and plenty of wit.
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK SERIES EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!,
A Kid's Review
This review is from: Percy Jackson pbk 5-book boxed set (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) (Paperback)I am ten and i love this series! Its my first favorite series! It is really interesting and exiting, unlike some of the other books i have read. I promise if you are a good reader and love books that are fun and exiting you will love this series! I have read this series 3 times (and my friend read it 28 times! no kidding!) I am planing on reading the series again sometime soon.
The series is mostly about a kid named Percy Jackson.(Ill try not to spoil it.) He finds out he is half Greek god. He goes to a place called Camp Half Blood and meets a girl named Annabeth. He also has a friend named Grover. They meet more half bloods and go on quests and fight Greek monsters. They adventure in lots of states in the the U.S, (including Los Vegas.)
If you know a lot about Greek mythology then you will understand these books more.
If you dont know much about Greek mythology then you will learn a lot about the greek gods and monsters and other interesting things.
PS: If you really like this book, or you think you will really like it, get The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire. They are by the same author of this series. They are alike this series but it is based on Egyptian gods instead of Greek gods. I have read both The Red Pyramid and The Throne of Fire. They will make more books. (Also read The Heros of Olympus which is an add on to this series. More are comming out.)
I would highly recomend this book to any kid.
45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome gift!,
52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Chest Damaged but Series Great,
P.S.- Be careful with Amazon. I've never had a problem with my orders from them, but they sent me the chest and it was all ripped up and severely damaged. But you can't beat the price. You're practically paying for 2 books and receiving 5. So I might just keep the books and get rid of the box. Damn shame, because it's a collectible. Beware. I'm not the only one who this has happened to.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set arrived in pristine condition,
As far as the book goes, my 8 year old son (who is not a voracious reader) loves the series and is looking forward to the movie. Big time.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boxed set!,
This review is from: Percy Jackson pbk 5-book boxed set (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) (Paperback)My daughter read all of these and decided they were definitely keepers, so we waited until the last book came out in paperback and found this terrific boxed set. I love the boxed sets since they keep the books so nicely while they're not being read. The price was great and she's happy to have them on her bookshelf.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my son started to enjoy reading,
This review is from: Percy Jackson pbk 5-book boxed set (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) (Paperback)My son is in 3rd grade and 8 years old. He started to read these series and is enjoying them. I am glad they are interesting,
which is motivating him to develop the habit of reading.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Series,
This review is from: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) (Hardcover)Even if you haven't read it, I'm sure you heard of it. Whether you hear it from a family member or a co-worker or you just saw the movie. (Which wasn't that good by the way) Now it's time for me to get started.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a solid, five part series. It brings Greek myths and gods to life, and shows you the unique way of Greek life. The myths and stuff definitely entertain you.
The Lightning Thief (2005) Is the first in the series. It's 375 pages of mixed action, mystery, and adventure. It blends those beautifully. Percy Jackson (The series main character) has to test his limits in the end of this one by fighting a god! The Lightning Thief starts off the five part series. All in all, it's a solid first book.
The Sea of Monsters (2006) Is much shorter than it's predecessor, being 279 pages it is actually the shortest in the series. The sequel to The Lightning Thief introduces several more characters such as Tyson. They also have to find old ones.... This one ends on a cliffhanger that will change the main characters lives, forever!
The Titan's Curse (2007) Is the third adventure in the series. It has 312 pages in it, so it was longer than the second novel. It resolves the second book's cliffhanger. It introduces two new half bloods and Thalia makes a decision in the end that changes her life forever. In this book, sadly, two of the characters doesn't make it to the end.... alive.
The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008) The fourth novel in the series is packed with 361 pages of action. In this one Percy and his friends travel into Daedalus's Labyrinth to stop an army from destroying their beloved Camp Half Blood. Along the way Grover gets closer to discovering were Pan (The nature god) is. Percy also has to stop the Titan lord Kronos (The series's antagonist) from coming back to life. This one also ends on a cliffhanger, and sets up the storyline for the fifth, and final novel.
The Last Olympian (2009) Is 381 pages of pure battle! It's very warlike as Percy has to stop the Titan Lord Kronos from making it to Olympus, and destroying it. The hard part: The Gods aren't there to help them. In this stunning fifth and final novel, the half bloods try to save the gods from being destroyed, and try to prevent the reign of the Titans. In the end, the true hero is revealed. The one that saves Olympus. But in order to save the Gods, the hero must sacrifice his life. This one may make you cry in the end.
All in all, I thought this book series was pretty good. Rick Riordan (The author) also released a book not covered in my review entitled: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Demigod Files. It contains three short stories and interviews with characters.
In short, this is a really good book series.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Percy Jackson -- full of adventure!,
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Set For The Percy Jackson Fan...,
This review is from: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) (Hardcover)If you are a fan of the Percy Jackson saga or know someone that is, then this is perhaps the perfect set of books to own or give as a gift. I purchased the HARDCOVER set and the quality of each book in the set is fantastic!!
What I love about the Percy Jackson saga is how the books are written. Despite being for the 9-12 age group I find them just as interesting at 30. Greek mythology has always been interesting to me and Rick Riordan brings it to life in spectacular fashion that could easily get kids hooked on the subject. Despite being fantasy in design, the books have a nice subtle educational aspect to them; teaching you a little about Greek Mythology throughout the adventure. Perfect for kids and adults alike I think.
Without giving to much away, Percy Jackson and the Olympians is about a 12 year old boy named Percy Jackson who turns out to be a Demi-God (the son of Poseidon) who becomes aware of the hidden world of the Gods around him. Each book follows Percy as he gets older and ventures out on a variety of adventures. What is so great about these books is the style of writing Rick Riordan uses. The books have very little filler and get right to the point. This makes for constant happenings, and despite the biggest book being only 381 pages, there is more than enough action and adventure to go around.
The books themselves, in the Hardcover set, are School & Library bound. This means the books are extra tough. The binding is exceptionally strong and the pages are also fairly durable compared to some other hardcover books I own. I decided not to get the treasure chest and instead got the standard case for the books. While it lacks the WOW factor the chest might give the packaging is still very solid. It is laminated plastic that has the cover art for "The Lightning Thief" on the front. It is sturdy as does the job of keeping the books safe and organized.
OVERALL this is a great set for the Percy Jackson Fan. The books are made with quality and durability in mind and the print on the books is clear and crisp. This set would make for a perfect gift to a fan or add to a personal collection. Rick Riordan struck gold with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, creating a wonderful story for both kids and adults. This box set does it justice by giving each of the books the care and quality they deserve.
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