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.
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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