This is one of the latest great young readers series' a la Harry Potter.
This is the first in the Olympians series in which there are 5 books. The premise is that the Greek Gods are alive and well and living on Mt Olympus which has been relocated high above the Empire State Building in New York. Demi-Gods continue to exist and our hero, Percy Jackson, is just such a boy.
In this first book, he learns about the reality of the Gods and the truth about his father whom he believed to be "lost at sea" since he was a baby. He is also sent on a quest and must dive right into the world of magic and monsters as a parallel world with the "real world" in which he has been living.
It is interesting and a good refresher on the myths and legends of the ancient Greek Gods and company. It is fast paced and easy to read. The characters are engaging and as believable as Demi-Gods, satyrs and centaurs can be.
I am looking forward to reading more of The Olympians series as well as seeing the new movie.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something fast, light and fun.