Monday, February 22, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Miramax Books (Hyperion)
Paperback, 375 pages
Date Published: April 1, 2006

Description (Taken from Goodreads) 
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's 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's 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.

Percy Jackson is not your average 12 year old boy. Most adults view him as a bad seed because he gets into fights and is often expelled from his schools, but when his teacher transforms into some scary monster, Percy realizes that all is not as it seems. The thing is, Percy Jackson isn’t just a dyslexic, ADHD kid. He also happens to be part god, or demigod. His mother, Sally, is a normal mortal woman, but his dad is Poseidon, the god of the sea. When Percy realizes all of this, he also realizes his life will never be the same. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief follows Percy, along with new friends Annabeth and Grover, on a quest to recover Zeus’ missing lighting bolt; a bolt which Percy has been accused of stealing.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is an adventure-filled, action-packed romp that middle grade children will love. This is a reread for me and I loved it this time just as much as before. The mythology is not only interesting, but it will hold the reader’s attention completely. Even if you know little to nothing about Greek mythology, Riordan fills you in without overwhelming you.

Percy is an instantly likable character. He’s also very realistic for a 12 year old boy. At times he is angry and volatile, but other times, he just wants to cry and I think that perfectly represents an adolescent of that age. All of the characters are very well-written and I couldn’t help but want to go on this journey with them. The Lightning Thief is the perfect start to an epic adventure and I highly recommend it.

Opening line: Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.

Favorite lines: The real world is where the monsters are. That’s where you learn whether you’re any good or not.


Rheanna said...

I'm going to see the movie this weekend after I finish the book. So far I'm really enjoying it. I've always been a fan of Greek mythology and it's so fun to see the gods brought to life. Thx for the review!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I hope you're able to enjoy it after reading the book. It really is a good movie, but it pales in comparison to the book.

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