I understand that this book isn’t great literature, but a book doesn’t need to be great literature to be a good book. The plot is fast-paced, the characters are fun, and the whole book is sprinkled throughout with unexpected extras, like Greek gods wearing beach shorts.
Each of the characters is very individual. Percy is a perfect narrator. He’s funny, for one thing, and he provides a fresh perspective into the demigod world. His personality contrasts with other stereotypical “heroes” in other stories: he’s humble (at least in some ways), doesn’t act like he can do everything, and he doesn’t even pretend that he known what he’s doing.
One of the best things about the story is that all the demigod characters are pretty much average kids, who just happen to have weird powers that they don’t even know how to use properly yet.
Plus, the entire book is filled with humor. Every chapter title is some ridiculous-sounding phrase, and Percy manages to add something funny into even the most dangerous situations.
The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is that, like I said, it’s not great literature. Otherwise, I loved it.