The weekend was a long one for me, I got in the car on Sunday evening, for the first time since March. It was a shock for me to realise this. I have not been in a car for a quarter of the year. Clearly I do not really need them in my life, which gives me hope for a reduction in car use in the future. In addition I managed to write my review for Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse.
In this book we meet a number of new god’s and Percy Jackson ends up in another quest. Percy was not originally meant to take part in the quest, but due to his stubbornness he follows the quest and ends up joining them.
In this book the number of gods that we meet in creases and we learn more about the mythology surrounding them. I will admit that the first time I read this series I had to google who everyone wass, as my memory of Greek history was not great. However I love how the series slowly introduces each gods or goddesses, and while in some cases they are mentioned in passing there is often some context for the reader to learn more about them. In this book we are introduces to Artemis and her Hunters. I think it is lovely that all her hunters are female, when it is traditionally a male occupation.
This story is where Percy seems to mature. Before this point in the series he has been a boy who is overwhelmed by the things around him and just allows himself to be swept up in the quests that he becomes involved in. in THe Titan’s Curse, Percy starts to realise how his impulsive decisions can impact on others. This is reflected in Percy’s emotional growth during the book seen in the change in his stance on his mother dating.
The way each of these books are written allows the reader to ignore everything around them and just want to carry on with reading. This book in particular makes the reader want to pick up the next one, and the ending is ominous almost insisting that you pick up the next book. I also felt that the key monsters in each book are getting more resilient. This leads to more tension and you wanting to read the book all the more.
One of the key themes in this book is love. It is no accident that this is the first time we meet Aphrodite. While it is not instantly clear to the reader, the Goddess of Love has taken a keen interest in Percy and his current interest in one of the characters. The opposition is also shown from Artemis and the Hunters, who vow to never have anything to do with boys.. This opposition is demonstrated with Aphrodite’s dismissal of the Hunters Percy and Grover are travelling with. However it is demonstrated at the end of the book that while the Hunters do not partake in romantic love this does not mean that they do not love each other familiarly nor does it prevent them from sacrificing themselves when needed.
Another theme I have already addressed which is growing up. It is not something that you will instantly think of but as an adult I have reflected and there was a time when my parents or role model would question everything about each of my decisions. As I got older the adults in my life rather than questioning decided to support my decisions stating that I would be responsible for the consequences of my actions. Which is what occurs to Percy throughout this book.
This book gave me some more mysteries to solve, through reading the next book, which I will be doping as soon as I have finished writing this blog post. The end of the Titan’s Curse is ominous and it is certainly motivating me to read more.
I am going to give this book 4 stars, it is a little darker than the previous one and the ominous ending is a great motivator.