REVIEW: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan


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.


Even though it was way under my level of reading I still liked it! It wasn’t a book where I read straight through to the end, not being able to put it down, but I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Riordan did an amazing job incorporating true aspects of Greek mythology into the story thus teaching me more about them – which I find really interesting. He also did a great job putting a modern twist on the gods in “today’s modern world”. I think it really worked.

His writing style is directed towards middleschoolers so it is easy to follow and fun to read, even when the action isn’t happening (which is rare). The characters in the book too were really likeable and had their distinct personalities. The story itself was really interesting and not at all predictable (which is nice for a book directed towards a younger audience). It truely does not all come together until the very end, where it is left with a new problem to be solved in the next book.

There really isn’t too much to say about a book as popular as this except, good read! Though, I’m not quite at the point of jumping on the Percy Jackson bandwagon…

Rating: 4/5 Stars


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