I do think that the HoO books aren’t as necessarily as good as the PJO books (in terms of theme and prose and all that stuff), because Rick has continued to write them for the same age-group the whole way through, and that’s generally been to the series disadvantage.
Take Harry Potter for instance, Harry begins his journey at roughly the same age as Percy, but as Harry grows as a character the story reflects that. The overall remains mostly child-friendly, but everything deepens and darkens and matures in unexpected ways.
In the HoO however, we have a 16 year old Percy (and friends) running around, spouting the same nonsense as 12 year old Percy, winning the same kinds of battle as 12 year old Percy, running into the same kind of conflict as 12 year old Percy. I’m not saying that some of the themes and conflicts don’t deepen, but they are hardly the focus of the story as the same monster-of-the-chapter-in-goofy-pop-cultural-getup pops up in order to be slain in with some “sassy” one-liners.
And I really think that stems from Rick’s lack of faith in his readership to understand and be able to handle deeper and darker themes.
Lmao, of course, don’t get me wrong, Rick and Jo both unfortunately fell into the same trap of thinking maturing teens=lots of forced hetero-romance, but while Jo had lots of other cool themes and subplots going on, Rick’s trying to write a book about 16 year olds to the same 10 year olds who first picked up The Lightning Theif.
Someone should mention to him that those ten year olds are growing into 16 year olds themselves, and don’t appreciate being treated like babies.
Anyways, just my thoughts as I don’t do my Spanish Homework, yo. *ollies out*