When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it’s up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened.
The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
So we’ve finally gotten to book three. Percy is a little bit older now and its winter. It starts out with Thalia and Annabeth and Percy on a mission to find help Grover get two new campers, Bianca and Nico, safely back to Camp Half-Blood. In the process of rescuing them, though, Percy and the gang run into some super powerful monsters, which as usual, means big trouble. Percy makes a quick and reckless decision that ends pretty badly: Annabeth is captured by the monster and he is almost killed, saved just in time by the hunters of the moon goddess Artemis. Artemis goes after the monster and Annabeth; her hunters stay behind and accompany Percy and the half-gang back to camp. Percy wants to immediately go after Annabeth but Chiron won’t let him. Instead, Zoe, one of the hunters, and a select few others are chosen to go. But it’s not like Percy to stay behind and let others do the work: he sneaks after them, and the adventure begins.
Bleh. That was such a bad summary.
Anyways, this book is very similar to the first two. Actually, after reading it right after the first two, I realized how much that bothered me. The first time I read it, I had to wait half a year for it to come out and it seemed great. This time, though, the story wasn’t as fresh. The whole go on a quest thing had just been done in the two previous books and not much is actually accomplished in this one. Percy and his friends are once again travelling across America in search of someone, and as I was reading it, I thought, “Okay, okay, let’s get on with it,” because the traveling had become old news. What I wanted was the bit at the end where everything comes together.
That being said, I don’t think its fair to say that this book was bad plotwise. It still had plenty of action and adventure, and the Greek myths were still being woven in expertly. But you can tell that Riordan is really just using this book to set up for things to come later on in the series.
Still, the book is funny and exciting, if not fresh. Thalia, Zoe and Nico and welcome additions to cast. I think they added a lot to the story, creating drama, tension and some very climatic stuff at the end. Riordan let’s Percy explore growing up, from getting angry to frustrated and then suddenly happy again. The dialogue is full of sarcasm and silliness in equal parts. There are parts I absolutely loved and they greatly outnumber the bits I don’t care for. And while this book’s plot may not be the best, the stuff that is set up in the story is totally worth it, meaning the bad guys get badder as pieces of Kronos’s plan fall into place and there is one heck of an ending in store.
So if you’re following the series, this book is a good addition, and you definitely should read it if you want to understand what’s going on in later installments. And if you read it and are maybe a little disappointed, don’t worry, because things get way more intense in the books that come after.
Overall, it was enjoyable and the ending will without a doubt leaving dying to read the next one (and lucky for you, you don’t have to suffer like I did and wait a year for it to come out).
0. Couldn’t get past chapter one for fear of wanting to kill myself. Book induced suicide…
1: Yuck. Ew. Below Average. Probably didn’t even read the middle and skipped to the end.
2. Ok. Would’ve been better if I’d written the ending and everything else.
3. Not bad at all. Very enjoyable. Quite nice. Recommendable.
4. My kind of book. Near ideal, but something was a little off (annoying names, bad ending, that sort of thing).
5. WOW. Makes me wonder why people watch T.V when this is out there. Really liked it. Don’t expect to see this often.
6 and above. What I want my book to be.