Percy Jackson is your ordinary twelve-year-old boy. Well… maybe not so ordinary: Percy has attended six schools (all of which he was kicked out of), is always finding trouble, and sometimes has to attack strange mythical creatures. His life is flipped upside down when he learns he is a demi-god. Percy soon heads off to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp filled with other children of gods and mortals. Here, Percy wastes no time finding trouble: he’s attacked by a Minotaur, provokes Clarisse, daughter of Ares (the war god), and finds out he’s the son of Poseidon. In the Olympian world, there is a war brewing; Zeus’s lightning bolt was stolen and his brother Poseidon is his main suspect. Percy takes it upon himself to save his father from Zeus’s wrath and pursue the missing lightning bolt. Percy soon learns that not everything is as it seems for his mission, there’s something mysterious going on with the Olympians, and war may be inevitable.
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is one of the most popular middle-grade series. I read the first two or three when I was Percy’s age, but never finished the series. Five years later, I decided it was time to submerge myself into the world of Olympians again and pick up this series. As a seventeen year old, I may seem too old to enjoy a fantastical story about a twelve-year-old boy, but you would be surprised by the amount of adoration I have towards this story.
Rick Riordan has a way with words (hence being a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author). The Lightning Thief is easy to read and fast-paced. I read this 370ish page book in one day, which does not happen often. The demi-god with a mission storyline is super clever, there’s not much out in the middle-grade book world like it. While reading the story you get hints of Greek Mythology facts, which are super interesting and well placed; it doesn’t feel like you’re reading a text-book!
Percy Jackson is one of my new favorite protagonists; he’s funny, quick-witted, and completely lovable. Percy has a Harry Potter vibe in the way that Percy doesn’t find trouble, trouble finds Percy. Percy’s satyr friend Grover is hilarious and another troublemaker, making him the perfect sidekick. Along with Grover, we have Annabeth, daughter of Athena. Annabeth is a beautiful, blonde, gray-eyed girl who’s smart and realistic (Hermione Granger?). I’m hoping Annabeth will be a future love interest (really future, seeing as they’re only twelve!). Percy, Grover, and Annabeth are the perfect team of characters who will literally take anyone down, god or mortal.
With The Lightning Thief’s intriguing plot line, hilarious characters, and readable writing, I challenge you to not love this book! Whether you’re ten, fifteen, or thirty I guarantee you’ll find this story unputdownable. Now, on to the second book…
Have you read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series? or any other Rick Riordan books? Thoughts? Opinions?
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