Title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: YA/MG, fantasy, mythology
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Release Date: April, 1 2005
Pages: 377 (paperback)
How I Got the Book: Bought it
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
*Third time reading this book Percy Jackson could have been your average 12 year old boy with a few disabilities, to be exact, ADHD and dyslexia. After a clash in with a fury, momentarily killing a Minotaur, finding out that he was in fact a demigod and that he was held for suspicion by Zeus, king of he gods… you could say Percy isn’t your average boy anymore.
Personally, I find it hard to not rant about how amazing Rick Riordan writes, but here goes nothing. Going into The Lightning Thief, I had zero knowledge of Greek Mythology and now, after reading each book of this series and it’s spin off series (The Heroes of Olympus) also at three times each book, I am proud to say that I am a Greek Mythology nerd. (But of course, I do prefer the term, ‘wise girl’.) To create an entertaining but quite informative piece of superb writing is awfully hard to come by, so this was an extraordinary experience.
The way the characters are created is so unimaginable. Percy is a humorous character that you’ll fall in love with instantly. Annabeth, is quite mysterious and an intelligent girl that may be hard to get to know, but she came around in the end. Grover is a satyr, half man half goat and is also quite hilarious in some scenes, like at Aunty Em’s garden.
Action can get boring when there’s too much, The Lightning Thief is not, it is well paced and balanced to produce such a likeable piece of writing that I still love (no surprises).
Overall, The Lightning Thief is one of those novels that are just simply too close to perfect. I recommend this book to anyone really, but mythology lovers would be more exact. Rick Riordan is the myth master that will take you on a ride of laughter, shock and heart racing action.
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