“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
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.
Okay, I admit, I picked up this series based on the recent announcement of Disney buying rights to produce the series. There was so much excitement over this idea and I felt like I was going to miss out. Therefore I took the plunge and bought the first series. I am so glad I did. I literally can’t understand why I waited for so long to pick it up.
I love this world so much, it is so creative and interesting. It did take me around 100 pages to get into it, mainly because I don’t read Greek Mythology, I don’t know anything about it. I am not sure on which God is which etc, so therefore I had to learn these things and some key terminology for me to get into and understand the story. It was so worth doing this, because as soon as I got into it I found I could not get enough.
I really like the characters in this book, I love the underlying theme of unusual friendships. I really like Percy as a character, I enjoyed the beginning of my journey with him and it has led me to be excited for ht upcoming books where I can see him develop and grow up. I love how sassy he is for a 12 year old, his sarcasm had me laughing so much. I also love all of the mythical creatures, I love learning about different ones and understanding what they can do… despite the fact most of them are trying to kill Percy.
I love Rick Riordan’s writing style, it makes for such an easy read. The Lightning Thief is so jam packed with action, it is fast-paced to the point where you will not want to put it down. I demolished this book in one sitting and immediately picked up the second book. I cant wait to find out what happens next!