Titan’s Curse kind of pulls a Harry Potter. We are now partway through the series and the stakes are getting higher. The story is moving away from just being a “safe” child’s story to a more complex story where characters can die and the rest are left to grieve and deal with the consequences.
Maybe it is because the stakes are getting higher or perhaps it is simply because we have spent time with the characters now but there is definitely a higher sense of reader emotional involvement in this book than the first two, especially the first one.
Percy shows that he has matured some; he considers the outcomes of his actions and how they may be perceived by others. Grover is still the same old silly sidekick, now with a caffeine addiction, but we are introduced to Zeus’s daughter Thalia. She is actually a pretty complex character even if it is difficult to like her. Her and Percy butt heads a lot because they both want to have things their way, which fits because of who their dads are, and Thalia wins most of those arguments, which makes sense considering who her dad is. It seems like Percy learns a lot though about leadership and decision-making from their conflict.
A few more Olympians were introduced in this book and Riordan really does a good job of representing them in a contemporary form, even if the Aphrodite scene was completely useless to the story. The only thing it really did was highlight that Percy has feelings for Annabeth which, let’s be honest, we all knew from page one of The Lightning Thief.
April 29, 2016
Honestly I loved this book more than when I read it before. The big things for me are that I love the seriousness that the characters deal with. Like Thalia, being the Zeus’s daughter and the pressures of leadership. Percy learning that he isn’t always the one leading the charge and needs to do what is right. There is a part in the final battle where he could go head to head with an enemy but instead chooses to help a stronger friend so that they could fight and win the battle. He pays physically for this choose but ultimately survives. I love seeing him mature and am excited to see him grow more as the books continue.
Now I am starting to see why other people really like these books. The early part of the series was cool for what it was, a re-imagining of Greek gods and heroes in a modern form, but here the story is starting to get some meat, it is starting to gain some depth. I still cannot say that I am in love with it, but I am finally excited to see what happens next.