Title: The Lighting Thief
Series: Percy Jackson and The Olympians
My Star Rating: ★★★★★
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
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
I have been meaning to give this book a go for three years now and last week I finally got around to it. A lot of people are put off by the thought of a story being narrated by a twelve year old boy, but I having had my experience with a fair share of children's books and being only a year older than Percy myself didn't let myself be put off by it.
Although this book is aimed at children and it narrated by a child it still is enjoyable for all age groups, much like the beloved Harry Potter books. Percy is witty and charming, he's a lovely well meaning boy and a joy to read about.
Lets start with characters. First there is our main protagonist Percy who I have already described. Next is Annabeth- daughter of Athena. It was great to have the book's smart girl being blond. I also loved that Annabeth didn't let her dyslexia stop her from being so intelligent. Up next Percy's best friend, Grover who (don't get me wrong) was lovely but frankly rather pathetic. This did however, give an excuse for some great character development.
I loved that Riordan took the very traditional idea of Gods and very much modernized it. I loved that instead of sitting on thrones made of awesome in robes and crowns he made them...normal. Even the mighty Zeus wore a pinstriped suit. I also loved the idea of Olympus being on an undiscovered floor of the Empire State building.
I can't say whether the plot was predictable because I had already seen the film (which is awful in comparison) but it was very exiting and usually even in the best of books I like to put it down every so often, but with this I didn't.
I have been continuing on with this series and so far I have loved it, the books get even funnier as they go along and the reasons to ship Percabeth multiply.