3/1/11

The Battle of the Labyrinth

Author: Rick Riordan
Pages:
Publisher: Miramax
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Summary (from Goodreads)Percy Jackson's fourth summer at Camp Half-Blood is much like his previous three—high-octane clashes with dark forces, laced with hip humor and drama. Opening with a line for the ages—The last thing I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school—this penultimate series installment finds Percy, Annabeth and the satyr Grover furiously working to prevent former camp counselor Luke from resurrecting the Titan lord Kronos, whose goal is to overthrow the gods. When the heroes learn that Luke can breach Camp Half-Blood's security through an exit from Daedalus's Labyrinth, they enter the maze in search of the inventor and a way to stop the invasion. Along the way they encounter a lifetime supply of nightmare-inducing, richly imagined monsters. Grover's own quest to find the lost god Pan, meanwhile, provides a subtle environmental message. Percy, nearly 15, has girl trouble, having become something of a chick magnet. One of Riordan's strengths is the wry interplay between the real and the surreal. When the heroes find Hephaestus, for instance, he's repairing a Toyota, wearing overalls with his name embroidered over the chest pocket. The wit, rousing swordplay and breakneck pace will once again keep kids hooked. 


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My Summary: Percy Jackson is on his way to freshman orientation in the first week of June, and he's dreading it more than his battle with Kronos (kidding). The school seems okay, until he runs into a group of cheerleaders who are hiding way more than ugly faces beneath all the makeup....


Corned in the band room, the last person Percy expects to help him escape the monsters is Rachel Elizabeth Dare - the mortal girl who hid him from skeleton warriors during one of his quests. 


When Percy returns to camp, he knows something's wrong - theres tension all around, and a lot of campers are either missing in action or have gone over to the dark side. Basically, it's another year at camp.


But when he and Annabeth discover a secret about Camp Half-Blood that Luke already knows about, Percy knows it's time for another quest - this time, to find the mysterious inventor who created the maze, and find a way to keep Luke from using it to invade (and destroy) Camp Half-Blood forever.


My Thoughts: I think this one was my favourite of all the books so far! It was fast-paced, and the action started right away. I also loved the re-appearance of Rachel (go mortals!) and her part in the story, but I'm a little worried about the whole Percy-Annabeth-Rachel triangle developing (Team Annabeth all the way!).


I also loved the labyrinth concept - after watching the movie Pan's Labyrinth when I was young, mazes and labyrinths have always creeped me out to the nth degree (in a good way), and I loved the way it added to the creepiness of it all. 


Of course the writing was awesome and easy to understand too! Riordan's style is really great - it leaves something to the imagination but still tells you what's going on and what you need to know. And his characterization is awesome - you see the subtle changes in Percy from book to book, and they make him seem very realistic and relatable.


Final Thoughts: Why haven't you picked up this series yet?!!?  

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