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Percy Jackson and the Olympians

(Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1-5)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  26,569 ratings  ·  929 reviews

Book Details: Format: Box Set Publication Date: 5/25/2010 Pages: 1744 Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
Hardcover, Boxed Set, 1744 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Hyperion Books (first published October 6th 2009)
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Adam Aufderheide read other rick Riordan titles. the lost hero series is actually a continuation of this one, so be sure to read that
Janneke About teenagers who are sons and daughters of Greek gods.

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Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms (Book.Enchantress)
before we start;

Rick Riordan's series Order:

first, Percy Jackson
then Heroes of Olympus
at last, Trials of Apollo & Magnus Chase is happening at the same time; they have crossovers sometimes.
(or if it's hard to remember go here & read in this order: Camp Half-Blood Chronicles)

I literally warned everywhere, because I'm nervous you might read in wrong order & you won't enjoy as much as you should.

generally I love those fantasy stories happening in our worl
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: forever-reread
I am as obsessed as a person can be with PJ. Annabeth is so cool, Grover is so hilarious and Percy (at least in the movie) is SUCH a hottie! I watched the movie only hours ago and yes, it's true: they practically ripped the book apart. Where's Clarisse? That's what I ask. Where's Dionysus and Annabeth's dream of being an architect and relationship with Luke and Grover's obsession with Pan and the REAL way Percy came across the pearls? They were never Persephone's. I mean, Grover is white! Annabe ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doing the review this way, rather than writing one for each book :)

This series is right up there with Harry Potter and Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series as my top favorite series. Each re-visit is dropping in on some old friends and re-living their adventures/lives.

First time I saw this series, I was passing the book section at work and the movie cover caught my eye (I think the movie was out not long after I finished the book). The title and synopsis immediately intrigued me and on a
Mar 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This set was recommended to me by a 9th grader, and I'm giving the hardcover set to my granddaughter on her 10th birthday. While the writing style is not up to my J.K.Rowling yardstick, the books offer good characters and an unusual premise. Percy and others are "demigods", meaning that one of their parents is a Greek god. Thus, Riordan also brings young readers into the world of mythology while providing an entertaining action storyline.

As with the Potter books, one of my favorite characteristi
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
So many reviews of this series compare it to Harry Potter (and with good reason) but as a fan of both (and a beginning skeptic myself) I have to say that though they are similar series, Percy Jackson stands on its own. In the Lightening Thief, Percy is so Harry Potter, the camp is so Hogwarts, Chiron is so Dumbledore- I completely admit that. In fact when this series first came out I refused to read it and criticized it for being a rip-off. But for some reason, I gave it a try (at the request of ...more
Don't mind me, just getting used to sharing my thoughts with the world again.
Here goes.

This was pretty fucking awesome. Unexpectedly so, to be honest.
I never even considered reading this series until I saw the two movies back to back on TV on a random night, and I got so into them I just had to read the series. (You know you've written a lot of reviews when the GR html code comes naturally to your fingers even after an almost year-long hiatus. Huh.) Thank god I decided to start from the first bo
I really wish I’d read this series when I was around twelve and feel a nostalgic connection towards it. Because if I can love it even at twenty three, I know I would’ve just adored it for the intended age. The same with Harry Potter.

However, I’m still so glad I read it now. I always hear so many amazing things about this series so I am so happy I get to join in on the fandom!

This series is so fantastical and great, and Percy’s voice is such a fantastic one to experience. He grows so much over
John Papadopoulos
No words to describe how much I have loved this series and has become one of my fav series of all time!! Excellent, brilliant, funny, action packed, fast paced, no boring parts whatsoever!
I cried at the end like a little girl hehe i didn't want it to end..I know there is The Heroes of Olympus now but it will never be the same but so excited to be starting it!! *big sigh*.........
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved these books, a little dissapointed by the movie for the lightning thief though. It shouldve been alot better since the books were amazing.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so the Percy Jackson series is *readable. And yes, it gives an 'easy' way into Greek mythology to teenagers - although why teenagers can't read the actual thing since it is a rollicking great ball of fun, I don't understand.
But, hm. It's a bit glib. It is chockful of American private jokes, Dead'R Us and the like, which will not be funny to non-Americans. It also doesn't quite gel. If Percy knows he's going to have to fight monsters daily now and forever, why does he insist on going back to
Molly G
Sep 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite: book IV - Battle of the Labyrinth

I majored in Greek mythology at college, so I can say happily, with some authority, that Riordan really knows his stuff and gets it right. No matter how brief the reference and how it's reused for the adventure, he gives snippets that kids, anyone, can latch onto and be consistent with more academic approaches. Also means, if you're already familiar with the mythology, he lets you feel very clever by letting you recognize a being a page in advance befor
Isaac Judge
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All g
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Books:
The Lightning Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan's Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian

The Characters:

Perseus 'Percy' Jackson-By far probably my favorite male fictional character and one of my overall favorite fictional characters of all time. Percy is such a sarcastic character and can be a bit clueless sometimes, but is still very smart and just an overall amazing character. He is also extremely loyal and was very well developed.

Annabeth Chase-Like Percy, Annabeth
Isabelle Jade
I don't actually have/never read this particular boxed set edition, but it was the only one I could find that included all the books. I read the Percy Jackson series quite a while ago, and then again last year, and both readings were enjoyable. I was a bit skeptical of the writing (I was not sure that I would like the first person narration of a teen aged boy) but was surprised that it caught me. I love the Mythology theme, and the characters, and I never was bored during any of the books. They ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found it too kiddish - maybe it's because I'm almost 30. Don't get me wrong. Ive read the harry potter series and loved them so much that I saw all their movies and played their pc games too. But this one is too predictable on a lot of occasions:

1) bad guy comes, irritates/tortures hero, hero does a strike move, wins, praise, cheesy dialogues and lots of "how did i do that". it gets boring pretty fast.

2) hero asks qs, answered with riddles, more qs more riddles, someone else comes into the pic
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-s-series
I was really impressed and surprised by this series. I loved learning about myths and folklore in middle school, and these books were really refreshing as I got to remember all the Greek gods I'd heard of and learn about a lot more I'd never come across before.

Rick Riordan was clever to make a character from a broken one-parent home with learning disabilities and make him a demigod. His books appeal to his audience very directly, though I feel there's plenty of cross-over for people of varied a
Michelle Hallsworth
I first read this series when I was 14yo, right inside that target audience, and I absolutely adored them all. Percy taught me that boys could be pretty cool, and Annabeth was my hero for at least a couple of years, because she taught me that being smart and/or a bookworm wasn't something that warranted shame (despite the teasing of my peers), in fact, it was something to be proud of. At such a pivotal point in my emotional development, I couldn't ask for a better role model for myself, even if ...more
João Vaz
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YOUTH! Wanna study for your Greek Mythology exam while having a blast in the process? Problem solved!

Meet Percy Jackson, a spirited teen who happens to have Poseidon as his daddy - go figure!, the fellow is a freakin' half-god! Oh well, granted that breathing underwater is not interesting enough on its own, there he goes - along with a daring troop of other misfits - on a quest to save the world from the god-eating Titan Kronos.


I sort of envy Percy for having the god of seas as a pare
The third book was my absolute favourite. Addition of new characters and concepts was a real turning point of the feel of the series. Once you start you can't put it down as every page promises a new beginning better than the last.
Sherry Leclerc
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is an entertaining and engaging read.

I ordered the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Complete Series to read with my 10 year old son. It was a very enteraining and engaging read. Most nights, my son was begging me to keep reading while I tried to convince him it was time for bed. Honestly, I often wanted to keep going too, but someone has to be the adult ; ) Riordan apparently does the "hook at the end of a chapter" thing very well.

I minored in Classics in Universit
Hannah Belyea
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Percy Jackson learns that he is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, he begins his training at Camp Half-Blood alongside other demigod children, and soon becomes part of a battle to save the world from deadly prophecies, vicious monsters, and infuriated titans. Riordan creates a phenomenal realm of magic and mayhem that will keep readers of all ages glued to the pages. Will Percy and his friends be able to keep the world safe, or will history repeat itself and lead to the destruction of lif ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is, hands down, my favorite YA fantasy series. It's also possibly my favorite YA book series. These books are so funny and watching Percy grow throughout the books is a pleasure.
Great series very well written.
Greyson Simon
Nov 07, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids below 10, people who haven't read Harry Potter, horse-loving children.
I tried. I tried really hard. I was really excited for this series but I just.. I made it through the first two books, but I could not get myself to want to keep going about 1/3 into the third book.

To start, the good:
- The concept is AWESOME. A secret world of demi-gods and bad guys that takes place in America, with a sweet secret base? Heck yes.
- The characters are generally likeable and mostly consistent.
- I can imagine that for younger kids, (not the 10-12 that it's aimed at, but the 7-9 c
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: percy-jackson
Ladies and gentleman of the jury I find the book The Titans Curse by Rick Riordian to be excellent at teaching me about Greek history, giving me the thrill of action and at the same time making me laugh. However, there were areas in which the book was not quite as good at teaching people how to deal with problems without pulling out a sword, and fighting them. But I do know how to kill a monster if I ever need to.
The book Titans curse was made in the year 2007. It has 312 pages, and is popula
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Aug 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My sister is a third grade teacher. She lent me two young adult series, and she starts school this week. So I took a short break from my usual reading material and read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympians. They were exciting books, and although a little dark, I did enjoy them. There were great adventures and it was interesting to be reintroduced to the characters from Greek my ...more
If you ever read Harry Potter series, you might be a half disappointed because the main character is quite represent Harry-Hermione-Ron in a form of Greek Mythology. Summer camp (instead of one-year-school), demigod people (half god people) vs pure & half-blood witch, monsters, Chiron (a wise Centaurus as adviser) vs Albus Dumbledore, a-quite-same-forecast-but-different-subject about someone has to die in order to save the world (Olympus vs Hogwarts = save the world), quite same love problem ...more
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this series along with my 10 year old granddaughter. I was curious about the twist of putting mythology into the modern day in this children's series. I wasn't sure how well an author could successfully walk the tightrope appropriately between the scarey fantasy of mythology and the familiar reality of the modern day setting.

Riordan is remarkable in his skill. I noted that he had on his team 3 or 4 middle-schoolers who he had read his books as they developed and gave their opinions and cr
Eugenides Hermes
The Percy Jackson books have hilarious chapter-titles that the actual stories have trouble living up to. It was an enjoyable read, through-out, but Riordan fell into the classic YA trap of assuming his readers aren't as intelligent as they probably are. The myths of the Greek gods were used to create plot devices that would have been far more interesting if the characters were treated as real people rather than only was to further the plot or get a cheap laugh. "Twists" in the plot were either b ...more
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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.

Other books in the series

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (5 books)
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
  • The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
  • The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
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“Let us find the dam snack bar,’ Zoë said. ‘We should eat while we can.’ Grover cracked a smile. ‘The dam snack bar?’ Zoë blinked. ‘Yes. What is funny?’ ‘Nothing,’ Grover said, trying to keep a straight face. ‘I could use some dam French fries.” 2 likes
“Our friends kept waiting for us to come up, but hey – when you’re the son of Poseidon, you don’t have to hurry. And it was pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time.” 2 likes
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