I was afraid that after Harry Potter my son was never going to read another book again because nothing seemed appealing or exciting enough to him. The Percy Jackson series changed that and he is now moving on to the second Rick Riordan series, Heroes of Olympus of which this is the last book and which he says is "pretty good" and "better than the third book" in this series which was his least favorite. At first there was a little concern on my son's part that Percy was not as involved in this series and generally he says it isn't as good as the Percy Jackson series, but he is still pleased and loving the books. I'm not sure he would have been talked into reading the first Percy Jackson book himself, but his teacher at school read it to them, and then he was hooked. We are now re-reading the Percy Jackson series together and then our plans are to read The Heroes of Olympus series together as well. Overall I am pleased because he is reading and the material is appropriate for his age and he is pleased because he found some books he really likes.