Brilliant stuff. Really exciting all the way through. The plot was well thought out, with plenty of suspence, action and ups and downs thoughout to keep you on your toes, With an ancient quest brought back to life. The characters were really lifelike, despite their sometimes supernatural origins. They seem like real, everyday teenage kids, living a life full of magic and danger and treating it like it's pretty normal a lot of the time. Persy jackson really brings ancient mythology into the modern world, with things like the bermuda triangle thrown in, and Ares the god of war being owed a debt by the loosers of all wars. In this book it includes the spirits from more recent battles, and the magically enhanced technology of those wars with it. I like the way the mortal world and that of the gods, monsters and heroes are right on top of each other and interconnected, but also so far apart, and that most of the world dont really notice the magic all around them, despite the enormous explosions, one eyed boys and killer old ladies. Plenty of magic and mythical monsters, and not all the monsters are bad. It kind of has a message that it's not your background that defines who you are, it's who you are and how you live your life. It also has a message about accepting your family, warts and all, but i wont go into that. You can learn a lot of interesting stuff about greek mythology. This world of gods, monsters and demigods is fantasic. The way the book ended was really unexpected, but in a really good way. I can really recommend this book to anybody and I can't wait to read the next one!