Rick Riordan used to tell his son stories about a boy with dyslexia and ADHD because his son had those disabilities. He turned the two disabilities into advantages for a half-blood hero. It's one of the things I love about this book.
The story is very different from other books that are out now. Although there are lots of double-crossing going on, they are believable and unpredictable. The characters are well-developed and engaging. There are Greek monsters and suspenseful scenes, but they weren't too scary for Nick to read before bedtime.
This book had a bit of everything: suspense, humor, friendship, monsters, and heroes. The book's messages were positive, but didn't hit you over the head.
It is one of my favorite books and I loved reading it with my favorite guy each night.