Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Published: June 28, 2005
“All the gods know how to do is replay their past.”
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 Percy Jackson Series is one of the most loved and timeless middle-grade books of our generation. And just like Harry Potter, it is my first time reading this book. Funnily enough, even though this book is very popular, I have a geist of what the book is about but I have never been spoiled with the whole series. I don’t know how that happens but I am quite thankful.
Reading The Lightning Thief is a very fun experience. I am quite interested in mythologies but I never actually picked up a book about it. This book gives me the urge to finally pick up a Greek mythology book. Rick Riordan is a genius. It’s hard enough to write a book, but writing a middle-grade book and incorporating Greek mythological stories into it was fascinating. I can tell that the author has really done his research with regard to Greek mythological creatures. I would have finished this book faster if I did not stop to Google the creatures and gods and goddesses which is how I can tell that the author has done his research.
With my fangirling aside with how brilliant the author is, the story itself was fun to read. My favorite part of the story is when Percy’s father claimed him in the camp. I reread that part more than twice; that’s how much I love it. In addition to that, I love the friendship between the three characters.
I love Percy Jackson as a character. You can see how he cares about his mother and his friends. And in the short span of their adventure, you can see how he grows and develops as a character. Seeing him come to terms with his identity and his powers makes me proud of him like he was my child. But other than Percy, there is no character that I dislike in the whole story. Even the scary creatures give off that scary vibes that makes them an effective villain of some sort.
However, what I don’t like about the story is the motivation of the real thief and the god who has turned. The motivation feels too shallow and not as strong as the rest of the stories. Although I am here for the greater force at work that is the cause of all the mess that happened.
All in all, this book is not just a fun and enjoyable read, it is also informative with Greek mythologies and customs. I now understand why this book is timeless and ageless. I am definitely continuing on with the rest of the series.
That is all for this review.
Until next time!