Review: The Lightning Thief

June 22, 2013 Review 21 ★★★★½

Review: The Lightning Thief
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 489
Release Date: September 1st 2006
Series: Percy Jackson #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables
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.


I was trying to decide if I should review this book in the mindset of a middle-grade reader, because that is the goal audience, but since this is a YA review blog, I decided to review it as such.  Percy Jackson is timeless in a way much like Harry Potter-it can truly be enjoyed by anyone of any age.

The Percy Jackson series is popular because Riordan writes a hero that everyone can’t help but root for. Percy doesn’t come from much, his mother has gotten remarried and his true father was “lost at sea.” His stepfather isn’t anything special, either. From the start, I felt for Percy-I didn’t pity him, but I sure as heck rooted for him. Weird things have happened to Percy all his life, but he has always put them aside, attributed them to ADHD and Dyslexia. chblog10

But when these incidents can not be ignored any longer, his mother comes clean and directs him to a place where she’ll know he will be safe: Camp Half-Blood. Percy meets people just like him there-children of Gods and mortals: Half-Bloods. Just when Percy thinks he has found a place where he is safe, a hellhound proves otherwise. Percy is given a quest to retrieve Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt and prevent a war. This is where the real story starts.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF told a nonstop story of action, mythology, and friendship. The pacing gets five stars from me, something was always happening, always keeping you on edge. Although it was a bit predictable, it was a really fun, entertaining read.

I really loved all the characters, especially Percy and Annabeth, they were two great protagonists. It was refreshing to read about the dynamic between these two, completely free of romance and drama we usually see in YA. I can not wait to see how their relationship progresses later on. Percy sounds much older than twelve at times, but I suppose when you are hunted by monsters you tend to age quicker.

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Rating Report
Overall: 4.3

21 Responses to “Review: The Lightning Thief”

  1. Kezia D

    I’m so glad you liked this book!!! I loved Percy and Annabeth. Hmm The first two books of the series didn’t really impress me, but starting from book 3, it gets really amazing and book 5, gosh, book 5 is my favorite!! There will be romance in the series though when Percy and Annabeth are older, but it’s not full of drama cause it’s middle grade :)
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    • Alise

      Well that is good to know that the later books are better-gives me something to really look forward to! I know, but it’s such a breath of fresh air to have two opposite gendered protagonists NOT madly in love! :)

  2. Eddie

    I’m overjoyed that you liked this book! It’s a really good series.
    I find Rick Riordan has that unique and quirky writing style; that amuses almost EVERYONE.
    Just wait until the full cast of characters come out! Is Nico in the Lightning Thief? I can’t remember. (DO NOT GOOGLE HIS NAME)
    I agree with Kezia, the Romance come out in the latter books, but its subdued. Very little drama if any at all.
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    • Alise

      I agree, he must have a magical computer or something that writes nothing but fantastic novels. Haha, I won’t look him up but no, he wasn’t in this book.

  3. Renui

    I so agree that this can be read by people of all ages. I don’t usually read MG books, but I absolutly love this series. I’ve actually been thinking about re-reading it, because it’s been a while since I first read it! Percy is a fantastic mc, isn’t he? So easy to root for. :)

    Brilliant review!

    • Alise

      I have no idea! I actually just read Harry Potter too back in 2011. I think I always avoided male protagonists when I was younger xD Thanks!

  4. Ariella

    This was the series that started me in reading! I gotta say in the whole series, my favorite were this one, The Last Olympian, Heroes of Olympus and Son of Neptune! I love mythology so this series is my childhood love! So glad you found it good and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series (a total of eight books, I think?)
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    • Alise

      Gives me a few to look forward to then :D I love mythology as well, and I wish I had read this when I was younger. Thanks! In the Percy Jackson and the Olympians there are five, but there is a spin-off.

    • Alise

      I also almost never read middle grade either. But yeah, get used to it if your son starts avidly reading! LOL.

  5. Gina @ My Precious

    I read the first two books in this series, I just didn’t like them as much as others. You are spot on with saying this book contains non-stop action. I usually really enjoy middle grade stories, this one was just not one of my favorites. If you liked this one, you may enjoy The Flame of Olympus series.

    • Alise

      I’ve heard a lot of people say that! Can’t wait to read the others. Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. Syira (TheSoulPapers)

    I love Rick Riordan writing style, it is easy, light , entertaining and hillarious.
    I agree with you about Percy who seemed and acted older than his real age.
    I am reading it, but got stuck almost near the ending and not being able to finish it
    and I don’t know why! This book is great!
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