by Rick Riordan
Review copy purchased for my classroom to replace the copy that is in tatters
I'm glad I took time to read this. I get it now. I understand the popularity. If I had more time, I'd read them all.
1. The perfect anti-hero hero: a dyslexic hyperactive teenage boy. Dyslexic, "That's because your mind is hardwired for ancient Greek. And the ADHD -- you're impulsive, can't sit still in the classroom. That's your battlefield reflexes. In a real fight, they'd keep you alive. As for the attention problems, that's because you see too much, Percy, not too little. Your senses are better than a regular mortal's. Of course the teachers want you medicated. Most of them are monsters. They don't want you seeing them for what they are."
2. Plenty of humor. As Percy and his friends enter Hades, they see the Fields of Punishment, "which glowed and smoked in the distance, a vast, cracked wasteland with rivers of lava and minefields and miles of barbed wire separating the different torture areas. Even from far away, I could see people being chased by hellhounds, burned at the stake, forced to run naked through cactus patches or listen to opera music."
3. Loads of action. Fight scenes with his evil math teacher, Medusa, The Furies, and Ares, just to name a few.