Title: The Titan’s Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pub Date: May 5, 2007
Genre(s): Middle Grade, YA, Mythology
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
It’s not everyday you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human.
But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.
Oh and guess what. The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…
“The cafe windows wrapped all the way around the observation floor, which gave us a beautiful panoramic view of the skeleton army that had come to kill us.”
Before I talk about why this book fell short for me, I want to talk about what I love about the Percy Jackson series.
The books are fast-paced, humorous, and lighthearted. They are written well and explain mythology in a way that’s easy for any reader to understand. Most importantly, there are main characters who deal with ADHD and dyslexia, and this representation is very important in both Middle Grade and YA literature.
All of these great things still carried into book three, but I suddenly realized how little I cared about these characters. Is it terrible if I say that it wouldn’t really bother me if any of them died? I mean, I’m a fan of emotional books. Like the kind of books that feel like a punch to the gut. The kind of books that make me ugly cry, or laugh until my ribs hurt, or swear until I’m one angry ball of human. And I don’t get any of those feelings from these books.
Perhaps this is because the books are written for a younger audience (although Harry Potter has found a way to hit me with all the feels), or maybe I’m just a heartless wench. Who knows.
I only gave this book 3.5 stars, but I am still looking forward to continuing the series. I’m also very excited about reading The Heroes of Olympus, because there’s no doubt in my mind that Rick Riordan is a good writer.