Excellent for children!
Perfect for a 9-14 years old public, I think. That’s why I regret not having read it earlier, I would have appreciated much more. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, because I really did enjoy reading it, but it’s not the same as reading this book as a child. The writing is really clear, and you are taken by the action. The plot is good, it felt a little like Harry Potter at some points, some of you certainly have seen it, but it’s not that obvious.
However, I was shocked at the beginning of the book when I read that Percy was 12 years old and in his first year of middle school! I couldn’t stop imagining Logan Lerman who was absolutely not 12 years old in the movie. It changed everything, it’s not the same reading the adventures of a 12-year-old little boy as reading the adventures of a 17-year-old teenager. I really don’t understand why they changed this in the movie. There are quite a lot of changes in this movie, of course the plot is still the same: Percy is accused of having stolen Zeus’s lightning, and he goes to find it with Annabeth and Grover, but there are HUGE differences in the story. I think I preferred the book.
I really love the story, the ideas, the way it is written, the book really easily grabs your attention and you can read it really fast. I loved the chapter’s titles, they made me laugh, here are a few of them: “I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre-Algebra Teacher”, “I Become Supreme Lord of the Bathroom”, etc. It’s nice to have the protagonist telling us the story from his point of view, he always tells us how he feels about the other characters and what’s happening to him with a funny and sarcastic tone, but he’s really young and sometimes he looks naïve, and sometimes stupid (with Medusa, or Crusty). I really appreciate the fact that he doesn’t look like any Greek hero, he’s just a child dragged into this world of Greek Gods and heroes. And it’s good for your general knowledge to learn a little about Greek Gods, and, trust me, Percy will help you to learn all about them.
Seriously, a really good children’s book, and you can still appreciate it as an adult.