Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre/s: Fantasy, Greek Mythology
“I have brought you a hero’s fate, and a hero’s fate is never happy. It is never anything but tragic.”
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
I was a little hesitant to pick up this book, because it is classified as middle-grade. I thought I wouldn’t like it because I thought the writing wouldn’t be that great, but I was so happy to be so wrong. It was my first time reading Percy Jackson & The Olympians series, and I did not like it but rather, I LOVE IT! Why didn’t I read it before? I should’ve read it before. This book is very different from the movie, like always.
What I really love about this book is that, you’ll learn a lot about Greek mythologies even without opening an encyclopedia plus Rick Riordan’s talent in retelling/reinventing these myths to make them fit in our modern world. Reading this book wants me to become a demi-god.
The first page of this book really caught my attention. He says the beginning as if he wishes he was never a half-blood. He also says in past tense as if he was looking back some mistake he might have made in his past. And I also enjoyed how he explained how his emotions affected him, or how he felt about certain things.
Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are my top favorite. Together they make a team that is bound by friendship and loyalty. So many things were going on in the book, including a lot of detail which helped me picture the scenes in my mind.
I believe this book deserves five stars because it was a very interesting and exciting read. If you love Greek Mythology, this series is for you. I would also advise anyone who loves adventure and all things paranormal to read this, as well as anyone who wishes to broaden the genres they are interested in.