Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan
In their third year of adventures, Percy and his friends again find themselves embroiled in a quest to help the Olympians, but this adventure is also of great personal importance. Not only has the goddess Artemis disappeared, but Annabeth has been lost as well. This time, Percy and his friends from Camp Half-Blood join forces with some of the Hunters, the loyal and immortal followers of Artemis. In a desperate race against time, they traverse the country with a hunch that they will find Annabeth and Artemis together somewhere in San Francisco. Although they know they will face grave danger when they arrive in San Francisco, their journey is spurred on from behind as they try to evade the zombie army following their scent. With assistance from various gods, goddesses, and even mortals, they venture ever forward with the hope that they will be able to save Artemis and Annabeth from the growing threat of Kronos and his rapidly expanding army.
“The Titan’s Curse” is the third book in the Olympian series by Rick Riordan. In the same style as his previous books, Riordan writes with a conversational tone that feels and reads like teenage-speak and flows like a natural interaction. The content of his novels, combined with his writing style, perfectly matches his target audience. Fast-paced action ensures continuous interest in the story, and the easy reading allows for getting through multiple chapters in quick succession without realizing it. By turning Greek mythology into modern teenage adventures, he translates the stories of the gods and goddesses into something that is approachable and relevant. In his third installment, Riordan introduces greater complexity within and between characters. Not only do Percy and his friends have more relationships to navigate due to more characters in the story, but they begin to gain greater depth in the relationships that already exist. By looking at his relationships with his fellow campers, his mortal mother, and the Olympian gods and goddesses that hold so much power, Percy begins to develop a stronger sense of his own identity and his role in fulfilling the prophecy about the fate of the Olympians. Riordan sets the stage for rebellion, independence, and connection with others, which aligns well with the developmental stage of his intended audience.
I have pretty much the same thing to say about this book as I do his other books. The action moves so fast I feel like I have ADHD (and maybe that’s intentional because so many of the Half-Blood campers have that problem?), but that doesn’t stop me from reading and enjoying these books. “The Titan’s Curse” centers on the myth about Hercules and the Hesperides sisters, with which I am almost entirely unfamiliar, but he also brings in a philosophy piece about the sun, which I found fascinating. It’s a quick, fun read and certainly a great way to pass the time.