MICHAEL YEW LITERALLY DIED TO SAVE PERCY JACKSON AND PERCY NEVER MENTIONS HIM AGAIN !!??!!!
HOW MANY FUCKING PEOPLE DIED FOR HIS ASS AND HE DOESN’T EVEN CARE
I agree with all of this, it’s all true, but I think that we’re underestimating Percy a bit here. First off, while he’s also busy trying to stay alive, Percy does mention how bad at recognition he is in House of Hades. It’s one of his major character developments in the last book- a very good one, a very important one too. One that, honnestly, I think fits in with Greek mythology plot perfectly. Look at the gods, look at the heroes, look at the kings and queens of ancient myths. They spend their time creating ennemies like Midas, Minos, Pasaphaë and Lycaon by mistreating people, and their total disregard for human life has spawned epics and wars.
And another courageous thing that Percy has done character-wise has been to associate himself with Luke, feel compassion for a guy who tried to kill him and hurt those around him, understand where he’s coming from. He realises that the lines are blurred and that maybe Luke wasn’t horrible, that maybe he needs to start thinking of Luke as a person as opposed to a monster again. Of course, it’s too late for Luke to know this, but I refuse to believe that it doesn’t mean something anyways.
Plus Percy does have moments in which he notices and is grateful for people around him. He talks about Grover and Annabeth all the time. In Sea of Monster’s he makes a big deal to make sure that Tyson’s contributions to winning the chariot races and rescuing the golden fleece isn’t forgotten. As early as Battle of the Labyrinth Percy says that he’s ashamed of himself for not knowing the name of the son of Dionysus who died in the battle (Castor), and there’s even a part in Last Olympian where Percy tells Pollux (Castor’s twin brother) to take care of himself. In The Last Olympian Percy runs his mouth at the entire Olympian council post-war to tell them how they can’t let what happened to Luke, Ethan and all the other unclaimed happen again. He knows that these kids were mistreated though he doesn’t know all of them personally. Look at the beginning of the book, on the cruise ship, when Percy runs into that twelve year old kid from Kronos’ army and feels too bad to kill him- he even tells the kid to get off the ship! Though the end of Last Olympian doesn’t tell us much about the rest of Percy’s summer, he is mourning as much as everyone else after the war and his entire summer is spent in a weird state of should I be happy or not. When he sees Grover and Juniper reunited at dinner, he’s happy for his friend but also sad because he remembers Silena and Beckendorf. In Titan’s Curse, Percy accepts Paul -his mother’s new boyfriend who’s following up the abusive one- nearly instantly because he knows that his mother was miserable with Gabe for years. And as for him not mentioning Michael again or not sending a personal shout-out to every single demigod injured in the war… I think that that had more to do with the story needing to advance as opposed for Percy to mourn everyone.
Of course, he has his flaws. It was lazy of him to not make sure that Calypso was okay after the Titan War. He did treat Nico like crap. Feeling bad about not doing something or doing something too late doesn’t make anything better to the person that was offended or hurt. That’s true, I agree completely.
I think that it’s intentional that we all forget sometimes how old Percy is. He’s anywhere from 12 to 16 years old during the series. He’s not a military leader through and through, and it’s not in his nature like it may be for Annabeth, Jason, Clarisse or Frank. It’s a part he has to grow into, while also growing up and dealing with regular kid stuff. At his core, he’s just a kid at a summer camp who gets thrown into these wild situations and tries to get a grip on leadership before he can worry about individuals within his army. But it looks like Percy’s focus and shifting, like he’s starting to look back at the past, see his mistakes and figure out how not to do them again. I think that the PJO series was about Percy learning how to be a hero, and I can’t help but feel that HoO is about him learning how to be a good one.
The Avengers are every person you see in high school.
The shy nerd
The asshole you just can’t hate
The hot foreign guy
The quiet guy who’s always playing guitar and probably smoking something
His bitchy/bad ass girlfriend (depending on if she likes you or not)
The emo kid that somehow gets all the chicks
And that one cheerleader that EVERYONE knows has a hard-on for the athlete