The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan which is a young adult fantasy that includes mythology novel that was published on March 1, 2006 by Disney Hyperion Books.
I’ll be showing 2 sections for this book review, a spoiler-free and a spoiler filled review.
Spoiler- Free Review:
This book follows Percy Jackson who’s always had trouble fitting in at school and focusing on his work. He grew up with ADHD and dyslexia and being at boarding school has been getting worse.
Percy Jackson could’ve sworn that his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him but everyone’s making him believe that it didn’t happen.
When Percy’s mother finds out about that incident after getting home from being at the boarding school, she decides it’s time that he learns the truth about where he came from and she sends him to Camp Half Blood which is a camp for demigods located in Long Island.
When he attends this camp, he’ll learn that he’s the son of Poseidon, the God of the Sea.
Soon, something will happen and the world’s going to need Percy and his friends- a satyr named Grover and Annabeth the demigod daughter of Athene.
Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the Underworld wich is located in a recording studio in Hollywood and tries to prevent a war between the gods. Throughout their journey, they’ll bump into many evil things that you might find familiar.
This book is such a ride, it’s mostly targeted to younger readers but Rick Riordan makes it so anyone is able to read this book. Especially if you’re interested in mythology, you should really pick this book up.
This book makes it feel so real; as if there’s real gods and demigods everywhere around you and they’re just blending in to look normal.
Percy Jackson as a character and narrator is absolutely amazing and he made me laugh most of the time. I loved how he would be sarcastic and a smart ass at the worst possible times like that little boy has some balls. He’s the coolest 12 year old ever !
Most of you guys have already read this series (I know I have and it’s one of my favorites of all times), but if you haven’t you should really pick it up and read it. You won’t regret it!
It’s also an easy read so it won’t take you long to read.
Spoiler-Filled Review :
Okay so even though I loved this book, it was really stressful at some points because Percy, Annabeth and Grover would trust everyone who they bumped into forgetting that the last time they trusted someone, they tried to kill them.
I loved how the gods were interpreted into this book and that they were just normal characters in a novel. Ares was a dick and I didn’t expect for him to be this biker who backstabbed his brothers because in the stories Zeus and him are somewhat cool with each other.
Also, I knew right after Percy finished talking to the Oracle that the friend that was going to backstab him was Luke because he doesn’t have many friends and I knew that Grover and Annabeth didn’t seem like the disloyal ones so the only one that’s left is Luke. Also, they should’ve realized when his messenger shoes tried to send Grover into the pit, like who else would make that happen besides the person who gave you the shoes?
I really loved how everything seemed so real and how it was perfectly paced throughout the whole book, nothing felt rushed at all. Also, I know it’s just the beginning and I know how everything ends but I already ship Percy and Annabeth. Their small banters made me smile so hard.