The Titan's Curse

titanscurseI have to say that I'm really quite surprise by how quickly I was able to get Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books from the library. I got The Titan's Curse in a week, which given the popularly of the series is pretty impressive. I know that I'm coming to the party late but still it's impressive.

Ok, I have a little confession that I hate to make. I was a bit disappointed with how The Titan's Curse started. The Sea of Monsters ended all cliffhangery and I felt like it wasn't addressed. Or at least not addressed the way I wanted it to be addressed. Look, I knew these books were set up much the same way as the Harry Potter books. With Harry Potter you got a book for each year Harry was supposed to be in Hogwarts. With Percy Jackson you got a book for each summer. I get it. But I really, really want to know what happened in the minutes, days and weeks immediately after the end of The Sea of Monsters. I think what happens that next summer is believable in regards to that situation but it felt like a chunk of time was glossed over, which kind of annoyed me.

Ok, now that I've got that off my chest, I did like The Titan's Curse. I gobbled it down in a just a couple of hours. It's hard to say what I liked about it without repeating myself. Like the others in the series I liked the development of the characters and the way the gods are worked into the story (I think by the end of the series you see all of of them play some kind of role in the plot). For example, in this one we see Artemis and Apollo. I really could not help but wonder what my Greek mythology professor, who loved Apollo, would have thought of his characterization. (She either would have been very amused or vaguely insulted, I really am not sure which.) There were new demi-god characters introduced in this installment. I'm not sure what I think of Nico...but that falls more into the discussion of the next two books.

Something I've forgotten to mention about this series so far is that the chapters have great titles. I'll confess that I rarely notice chapter titles. Heck, I'm lucky if I notice that I've gotten to the end of a chapter most of the time. The chapter titles in this series make me stop and consider them and usually make me laugh.

It was mentioned in the comments on one of the other books in this series that people sometimes prefer young adult fiction to young reader/juvenile/middle grade/whatever label you want to slap on it. Generally speaking, I agree. I tend to be more of a YA person myself. But I find that every few years a novel, or series of novels, aimed at a slightly younger audience comes around that just kind of knocks my socks off. That's what the Percy Jackson series is doing for me.