I am still feeling compelled to read this series. In this latest book featuring Percy Jackson Riordan has told yet another story with enough plot twists and action to keep readers going. I especially appreciated his humor in this book. Riordan has managed to merge contemporary culture, particularly consumerism, with Roman and Greek gods and myths. I think it can be used to help readers understand the role that these myths played in ancient cultures.
Recently, with several co-authors, I published an article for teachers on using YA Literature and appropriate nonfiction to make the required study of The Odyssey something that is more engaging to ninth graders. The various Percy Jackson books were a large part of this. (Along with Michael Scott's Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. Having these familiar and well loved books help young adults understand why their schools place such emphasis on The Odyssey and other classic works.
I look forward to Riordan's next book in this series.