Published by Disney/Hyperion
Date Published: May 6, 2008
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.Let me start out by saying that the bulk of this book takes place in the scariest place imaginable for me. It is 1) a maze and 2) in a ever-moving, semi-alive, underground cave. My fear in a setting.
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.
However, what’s AWESOME about the maze is: walk two minutes in it and you’re in another part of the country or world. Best way to travel.
This is the four of a five book series, meaning this book presents Percy's last moral dilemma: to take the easy way out and run or to stand and fight. An age-old hard decision, which of course, Mr. Jackson faces with a just a touch of stumbling grace. Perfect.
Best thing about this book? We get to see Annabeth be pissy. It might not be so funny if it weren’t so stinkin’ cute. Most of her snark is directed at Rachel, a free-spirited mortal redhead that catches Percy’s eye. Sense a minor cat fight a brewin', yes?
Since I've been mentioning my favorite moments in the books so far, I will continue the trend. My favorite moment in this? Close to the beginning, so I don't have to be cryptic about it. They are about to leave on Annabeth's quest and Percy goes to her cabin to check on her. Annabeth is obviously stressed out and in a moment of un-Annabeth-like vulnerability she holds out her arms for him to hug her. First, my heart melted. But best of all, I could just SEE it you know? Like a movie in my mind. Freaking perfect.