Growing Up Half-Blood

Percy Jackson does a LOT of maturing in the 4th book in The Olympians series. The Battle of the Labyrinth really delves deeper into the plotline.

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 worse.
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 the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth – a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

Percy seemed really young to me in the first few books, but now he’s in high school! Even though the age difference is still there, it doens’t seem that big in high school where freshmen hang out with seniors every day. However, even though I loved the book, the writing still seemed a little young for a high schooler. Granted, I probably did talk and feel like that, but it just seemed a tad too young for Percy’s age, especially considering some of the feats that he has accomplished. Other than that, however, I really did enjoy the book.

The plot really expanded, of course, tackling new and old Greek myths such as Daedalus and the Labyrinth, obviously. The overlaying plot of the upcoming war is still really suspenseful – even though it’s begun, I can’t wait to see how it turns out. The relationships between the characters, again, is expanded; there’s even a little romance hinted at. Some of the friendships are frustrating, but my favorite pairing is Tyson and Percy. You would never think they were brothers, comparing looks (I mean, a Cyclops and a demigod?) but then compare the way they act towards each other, you’d never think they were stepsiblings either. They are perfectly accepting of each other, and definitely the best characters in the book, in my opinion.

Annabeth, in the book, is confusing even to me. I can’t decide what I think about her, so I don’t know how Percy is supposed to (though, at least I have a clue as to how Annabeth feels, while Percy is a bit hopeless). The complexity of her feelings and the way the author doesn’t say much about them leads me to think that there’s going to eventually be a conflict with her and some certain other people. Anyway, I absolutely enjoyed every word of this installment: the mystery, the tension, the horror, and the relief of some things being revealed. Definitely can’t wait to read the next one!

Anxiously awaiting a new book,
~Yours Truly

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