Okay so this is grossly overdue and I’m surprised these thoughts are still in my head.
Procrastination is a terrible game. (That I’m still playing since I have papers and lab reports to write…)
So Riordan’s writing is pretty much the same in this book. It’s consistent with the past two books: good, snarky narrative with serious moments and puns that are perfectly timed. I like the little nods he makes to the original myths. They are slipped in so casually, it really makes it believable that the Greek gods are real. For example, when Apollo meets Thalia, he says:
Zeus’s girl, yes? Makes you my half sister. Used to be a tree, didn’t you? Glad you’re back.I hate it when pretty girls turn into trees. Man, I remember one time–“
It’s a slight hint to the story of Daphne, the most famous of Apollo’s lovers. Cupid shoots Apollo with an arrow of love while shooting the nymph Daphne with one of hate. <Insert craziest love sick chase in history> until Daphne’s father pities her and she’s turned into a laurel tree.
It’s the tiniest reference, and I love it. It shows how dedicated Riordan is to the details.
Riordan’s also great with continuity. Often in YA novels a place is brought up in one book, and then never mentioned again. Not so here. The di Angelos have stayed in The Lotus Hotel and Casino for the past 70 years. It’s great that Riordan utilizes the mythological references he’s used before, especially since heroes in traditional mythology rarely encounter the same things, like Calypso or sown men.
Also, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t mention this in the plot review, but the best part in terms of plot development is that Percy’s fatal flaw is revealed, and then immediately put to use.
Percy feels bad about failing Nico and so he is determined to live long enough to fulfill the prophecy so Nico doesn’t have to bear the weight of it on his shoulders. It’s a great display of Percy’s personal loyalty and explains why he’s do determined to fulfill the prophecy.
Since there’s (thankfully) no movie to complain about (yet), I’ve decided to do a quick playlist:
- Talking to the Moon by Bruno Mars (For Percy/Annabeth, and Artemis because MOON)
- Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance (For Nico)
- American Idiot by Green Day (For Thalia)
- Your Hand in Mine by Explosions in the Sky (For the slow dance)
- Somebody that I Used to Know by Gotye (For Luke and Thalia)
- Somewhere Only We Know by Keane (For the di Angelos)
- Asleep by The Smiths (For Zoe Nightshade)
- I Wanna Be Free by Panic! at the Disco (For Bianca)
Also, because I know some people are keeping track, there are absolutely NO HINTS to Nico’s crush on Percy in this book. Most of what Nico says and does is because he’s amazed and terrified of this new world he’s been introduced to: hero figures like Percy and unexplainable powers like summoning skeletons.
The Titan’s Curse is where Percy Jackson finally takes off as a hard core adventure/fantasy story. It’s a great continuation to the series.
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“I choose the prophecy. It will be about me.”
-(Percy) Rick Riordan, The Titan’s Curse