Greek mythology. What is it? Some might say it’s just a couple of things that the greeks say the gods did but the rest of the world says was done by science. Greek mythology is quite interesting. Gods doing mistakes, punishing others, brutality, monsters and of course demigods. The Greeks heavily believed in gods and wrote about them. These myths have passed on generation to generation. Verbally or through literature. The explorers of old would travel around the world, to find out about these myths. Well now all you have to do is open google and ‘search’ in the search box. That simple. But the stories just sound too old for us and eventually we become bored. Just go and ask the nearest person about a greek myth. There is 80% chance they wouldn’t even know what greek means, in other words its greek to them.

The Greek belief system on how the world runs is quite different from our view. Everything was run by gods: wisdom, the sky, the underworld, love, the sun, music, wine, the sea anything you name it. In their current form, the Greek myths would have been read by but a handful of scholars. Among the general populace these myths would have died out.

To revive the Greek stories teacher-author Rick Riordan wrote the very famous Percy Jackson. He took the old Greek stories which were covered in dust, shook them a bit cleaned out the cobwebs and ta- da! The Greek Myths are much more interesting and easier to understand. The Rick Riordan view of the stories is set in Manhattan with teen Percy Jackson, and his many friends. The stories include most of the myths in a very fun and addicting way. The story is framed in a fun loving manner. The story set in New York and Long Island Sound.

Rick Riordan, creator of Percy Jackson at a book signing.

Rick Riordan, creator of Percy Jackson at a book signing.

So should you read the Percy Jackson series now that they have achieved cult status? Don’t if you don’t want to know about how a many headed snake is killed, or what happens after you die, or why there are storms, or how people fall in love. These might not be true, or they might. Behind the myths and the stories we understand that the myths were also a way people thought how things happened and assessed of basic human nature. The characters in Greek myths find a solution to the problem at hand and justify themselves for their actions. Rick Riordan has revived the myths for young readers in a format that they will love.

Camp Half-Blood, a school for demi-gods like Percy Jackson

Camp Half-Blood, a school for demi-gods like Percy Jackson

The Percy Jackson series is a set of five books, each having a different mission containing demigods, monsters, gods, and lots of blue food. Percy Jackson is a normal teenager living in Manhattan along with his mom without knowing anything about his father. One day while with his friend Grover he discovers he is a demigod the son of Poseidon. He goes to camp half-blood, where he gets prophecies of saving the world along with Grover and his best friend Annabeth Chase. The writing style is fun and light. The books are quite easy to read and are very enjoyable.

Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea and Percy Jackson's father

Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea and Percy Jackson's father

The book in order of release for the Percy Jackson series are:

  1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
  2. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
  3. Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
  4. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
  5. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian

Personally my favourite book in the series is Battle of the Labyrinth a story about the ancient Greek time scientist Daedalus and son of Athena. In the story Daedalus battles intelligence to the death. This fascinating premise fills me with curiosity. The concept of the labyrinth which grows and is is independent blows my mind off every time I read it. The Labyrinth maze  is huge and the changes in location are many. Percy Jackson and his friend Annabeth Chase are given a prophecy which requires of  them to go through the labyrinth to save the world. During the expedition they meet Daedalus and learn about his inventions and life.

The Labyrinth built by Dedalus to imprison a minotaur (head of a bull and body of a man) becomes an integral part of  Percy Jackson and The Battle of the Labyrinth.

The Labyrinth built by Dedalus to imprison a minotaur (head of a bull and body of a man) becomes an integral part of  Percy Jackson and The Battle of the Labyrinth.

After the Percy Jackson series continues into the Heroes of Olympus series, containing more myths and more fun. The books are simply too enjoyable and impossible to put down. Don’t listen to me try it yourself. Rick Riordan also known as myth master has written several other book about Norse mythology and Egyptian myths. He has blended all of them perfectly and fluently. The stories are written with the interests of this generation kept in mind. So go on and read about what the Greeks thought about how the world ran.

Neha Sahajwani, is an avid reader, who loves fantasy fiction. She is a superfan of the Percy Jackson series. Neha loves talking, outdoor activities, is a huge foodie and Potterhead.