This was a wonderful, action-packed romp through the landscape of Greek mythology laid over the more familiar one of the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Curiously, myths, fairy-tales, and old stories, long relegated to literature books and other things you have to read for school, have, in recent years, been making a major comeback translated into the modern world. There seems to be no end of retellings of Greek and Norse myths, tales of various incarnations of the Fae realm, renderings of various Grimm fairy tales and other folk tales, and literary classics such as Pride and Prejudice, the Morte D’Arthur, or Dorian Gray. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is one of the most iconic of these.
Percy (Perseus) Jackson is not aware that he is the son of one of the major Greek gods. But he is about to find out. And when he does, his life becomes so dangerous that he has to flee to a mysterious place called Camp Half-Blood, where all the campers are the children of the gods, and the counselors are figures of the old myths.
Then he gets sent on a quest to prevent a major war between the three main gods, and all Hades threatens to bust loose.