My friend's 5th grade son recommended this book to me!
When I was younger I found Greek and Roman mythology uninteresting, so I began the story with skepticism. However, the movie looked intriguing, but I usually try not to let myself see a movie unless I read the book first, so I decided to try it. Within a couple of paragraphs the main character was so engaging that I quickly sympathized with him and found myself sucked into his plight as he came to the terrifying realization that the old "myths" live and that he is inextricably tied to them.
I will definitely read more in the series!