Review

The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

Series: "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: March 1st, 2006
by Disney Hyperion

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Summary:

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.

When Percy's mom finds out, she sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods, where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends - one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena - Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Review:

You shall go west, and face the god who has turned,
You shall find what was stolen, and see it safely returned,
You shall be betrayed by one who calls you a friend,
And you shall fail to save what matters most, in the end.

The Lightning Thief is the beginning to one of my favorite series of all time. It’s fresh and action packed to the core; with characters – both main and supporting – that you’ll find yourself loving, and a fresh take on Greek mythology to excite even those with no prior knowledge on the topic…all with a sprinkle of humor on top.

My name is Percy Jackson. I’m twelve years old. Until a few months ago, I was a boarding student at Yancy Academy, a private school for troubled kids in upstate New York.
Am I a troubled kid?
Yeah. You could say that.

Percy Jackson keeps getting attacked by monsters that seem to be coming right out of his Greek mythology textbook. When his mom realizes this, she says it’s time to take him to Camp Half-Blood. This, Percy discovers, is not your ordinary camp. It’s a camp specifically for demigods – offsprings of humans and Greek gods.

Annabeth nodded. “Your father isn’t dead, Percy. He’s one of the Olympians.”
“That’s…crazy.”
“Is it? What’s the most common thing gods did in the old stories? They ran around falling in love with humans and having kids with them. Do you think they’ve changed their habits in the last few millennia?”

Percy soon discovers that his supposedly absentee father is actually Poesiden, the Greek god of the sea. As if that’s not enough, Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect, and it’s up to Percy to find and return it, or risk starting a catastrophic war between the gods…

The characters introduced here are fantastic. Percy is a bit obtuse, but extremely loyal and brave with a sense of humor that will make you smile even in the darkest of situations. While Annabeth has a bit of a mysterious aura in this particular novel, her intelligence and expertise in battle prove invaluable to the quest, and I can’t wait to watch her really mature and come into her own in the following books. Grover’s a bit of a third wheel, but provides great comedic relief when needed.

The myths are included into the story wonderfully, while not being overly preachy or giving too little information. Riordan somehow manages to incorporate all these myths accurately into a plotline, while still adding his signature humor throughout.

“Another time, Athena and Poseidon competed to be the patron god for the city of Athens. Your dad created some stupid saltwater spring for his gift. My mom created the olive tree. The people saw that her gift was better, so they named the city after her.”
“They must really like olives.”
“Oh, forget it.”
“Now, if she’d invented pizza—that I could understand.”

Highly recommended for anyone looking for something quick and entertaining to read; and even those who don’t. This is a must-read for everyone.

“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”Annabeth to Percy

five-stars

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