To get a fresh perspective, we asked Sasha Zborovsky, 13-year-old middle school student in Northeast Ohio, to share her thoughts on the newest book from Rick Riordan’s series The Heroes of Olympus, which follows our hero, Percy. Here’s her review of the second installment in the series, The Son of Neptune.
Seven years ago, Rick Riordan introduced his readers to a new hero whose name was Percy Jackson. In those days when somebody said superhero, people thought of Spiderman or Batman, but now we acknowledge Percy as a hero.
Everybody missed Percy in Riordan’s last book The Lost Hero when Riordan switched his attention to three new heroes: Jason, Piper and Leo. Last year everybody learned Percy and Jason had been exchanged between the two camps and their memories had been removed. We scrutinized Jason’s struggle last year and now its Percy’s turn. Percy has had to make his way toward the Roman camp while fighting monsters that seem to never die. Later, Percy meets Frank and Hazel. Frank is a son of Mercury and is more powerful than any of would assume. And Hazel is the daughter of Pluto (Hades) and is living in the wrong time. Together the three travel to stop the giants and Gaea from taking over the world.
Personally I have missed Percy, he was my favorite character. I also enjoyed seeing Tyson (Percy’s Cyclops brother) again. The new adventure Percy engages in is different from the past ones, but is still very exciting. Also, unlike the Lightning Thief series, this sequence of books is written in third person. This gives a strange feeling to the book and it’s hard for me to determine whether I like it or not. I enjoyed the subtle mentions to some of Percy’s old friends that I have also missed and hope to see in the following books. Another admirable quality of the series is it encourages you to read Greek mythology. With so many mentions to the religion of Greeks and Romans it’s difficult to comprehend the book without reading the myths first. The Percy Jackson series is one of my favorite series and I encourage everyone to read it. Once you start reading the first page it’s hard to tear yourself away.
The Cuyahoga County Public Library’s eBook collection is feeding this young readers dream to become a writer herself; how are your young readers using your library collection?
The Son of Neptune and other Percy Jackson’s titles are available for purchase in Content Reserve.
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Karen Estrovich is manager of content sales for OverDrive.