Percy Jackson and The Battle of the Labyrinth (paperback)
by Rick Riordan
AR Level 4.1, 12 points
This is book 4 of the Percy Jackson series. Like in every book of the series so far, Percy faces a monster at the beginning and flees in a traumatic and urgent fashion. The difference is (and we will get to this again later), he was going to a school orientation set up by Paul Blofis and then meeting Annabeth for a pseudo-date. So he is confronted by an empouri masquerading as a cheerleader, then heads out in a hurry, with the assistance of Rachel Elizabeth Dare, a mortal he met in book 3. The story follows their continued battle against the rise of Kronos and his “helpers” (monsters, mortals, half-bloods, etc.). Annabeth leads the quest through Daedalus’s labyrinth to find Daedalus and stop Luke from leading Kronos’s army to destroy the camp. We find out what happens to Nico and Bianca, we meet Pan and Grover’s his girlfriend, and my favorite part… Percy Jackson proves himself to be a normal teenage boy with typical feelings for the ladies. Calm down, it was totally rated PG… 13 (brief kissing involved).
What I liked about this book was, of course, how Percy’s relationship with Annabeth heated up a bit. Throw in a mildly attractive Rachel Elizabeth Dare and Calypso and you’ve got yourself some really tough situations for an awkward young man. What got me really excited, though, was Poseidon showing up to Percy’s birthday party. Totally unexpected. There are a lot of predictable aspects to this story, but that threw me, and I actually really appreciated more facetime with the gods, especially Percy’s dad.
What I didn’t like about this book… there isn’t a whole lot to say that I haven’t already mentioned in my other posts. It isn’t a challenging novel. It doesn’t get me as emotional as Harry Potter did. However, I can see how it would attract students, especially non-readers (or readers who hate reading). It isn’t my favorite series, but I am looking forward to the last installment. Rick Riordan is an entertaining writer who knows how to write for kids.
Book 13 of 40 (year 2)