Thursday, April 30, 2015

Read - Percy Jackson / The Battle of the Labyrinth

The Battle of the Labyrinth
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Four)
by Rick Riordan
2008
361 pages

'Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical.

In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.
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This is the fourth book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.  While I have enjoyed the series overall, this has been my least favorite of the books so far.  The plot got to jumbled and 'busy' in this one.

Percy and the regular cast of characters continue to prepare for the battle that is looming, and still race to try and find a way to defeat Kronos and avoid that battle.  The bulk of this book involves the labyrinth, and that's where it becomes confusing and frustrating for me.  Their goal was to find the ancient creator of this labyrinth.  I can't even remember how they come to this idea.  All I remember is once they start, too many things start happening, too many characters and creatures and situations are encountered.  A lot of the incidents and mini battles were interesting, but there were just too many.  The labyrinth becomes this cheesy way of having people end up anywhere and everywhere, and all rules go out the window.  It very much reminded me of the dorky traveling apartment in the Mortal Instruments series, just a cheap way to tie otherwise unrelated happenings together.  I'm also finding the see-all 'dreams' to be cheap storytelling too.  There were so many back stories and side deals going on, I lost track of who was on what side and who was after what.  And what purpose did any of it serve in trying to get to the center of the labyrinth and find this old guy? 

I still enjoyed the book though.  I just thought it was an over the top attempt at cramming more bits of Greek mythology into an already successful venture.  It felt cluttered and messy, like the spotlight was taken away from our main characters in order to highlight as many names and old stories/myths as the author could mention.  Hopefully the fifth and final book gets back on track and streamlines things again.

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