Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Author: Rick Riordan
Category: Adventure/ Fantasy/ Mythology
Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
The Lightning Thief was a fun and light read, definitely perfect for the younger crowd, but also nice for older readers who enjoy a change of pace from more intense books. I found it to be humorous and the characters to be quite enjoyable!
“I'd love to tell you I had some deep revelation on my way down, that I came to terms with my own mortality, laughed in the face of death, et cetera.The truth? My only thought was: Aaaaggghhhhh!”
The book is filled with some unique and interesting characters! Each one had their own distinct personality and definitely shone in their own way. I really enjoyed Percy! Even though he is just a twelve year old, I found him to be relatable in many aspects. I also loved his humor and spunky nature and how he really never gave up despite being in a crazy world filled with Gods, Goddesses, and creatures of myth.
There are quite a few side characters in this one and, like I mentioned, each one was enjoyable! Even the bad guys! I really loved Annabeth and Grover. Each one held their own depth and had personalities I enjoyed. I also loved the mythological creatures that appeared, good and bad alike!
I’m a big Greek myth fan and I have encountered quite a few authors who have produced their own versions of the myths. Some did quite a good job, others not so much. But I felt that Riordan did an amazing job with his own interpretation of Greek mythology! I loved the distinct personalities he gave to each God/Goddess that Percy and his friends encountered! I also loved the bits of modern society he threw in to explain how the Gods could exist in this world. He also threw in a few twists with the Gods, which I enjoyed!
“I didn't understand how. But the toilets had responded to me. I had become one with the plumbing.”
The book definitely had the middle grader feel to it; however, that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story. I felt it built quite nicely, introduced all the characters and mythological creatures well, and the pacing was to my liking along with the action. I also loved the adventure that Percy had to go one and though the detail is simple, I got lost in the world Riordan created.
All in all, I'm glad I took the chance and picked The Lightning Thief up and I know I will continue the series! I also know this book isn’t for everyone, it is a middle grader book, but I definitely recommend it to those who like to read such genres or are looking for a book to read with their son or daughter!