Sarcastic but Friendly
Riordan uses Percy's dry wit and casual adolescent-inspired conversations to create a sarcastic and humorous tone. The mocking and teasing nature of Percy's interactions balance out darker themes associated with evilness. Even the gods have some witty and amusing views of humanity. "The sardonic tone of the narrator’s voice lends a refreshing air of realism to this riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty," according to Kirkus Reviews.
Energetic and Suspenseful
The lively and suspenseful tone helps establish a mood of expectation. Riordan uses the tone to captivate readers as Percy vaporizes his pre-algebra teacher with a magic sword, fights a Minotaur and resolves conflicts between Zeus and Poseidon. Riordan's highly charged tone stems from his modern twist on Greek mythology. Greek gods now rule from Mt. Olympus on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building, and their offspring must survive in the present world, according to Publishers Weekly.