Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and The Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief

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's 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's 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.
When they started announcing the movie I said, "I want to read the book first." But then my friends wanted to go out and see it so I agreed to go along. I liked the movie a lot but this isn't a movie review, it's a book review.

I am so mad at myself for not reading this book sooner. The book is fantastic and it can never be compared to the movie. It has been such a long time since I've enjoyed a middle grade/fantasy series. I can't even begin to do a small synopsis of the book so I will leave the above synopsis and I hope it suffices.

The story, the mythology, the characters. It's amazing how everything told in here rings with such honesty and truth. You truly believe everything that's happening there could happen around you. Thanks to the first person POV, I was completely submerged in all of the action and sometimes it was even too fast to almost keep up!

Percy and the rest of the characters are unique and very distinctive. There is also a mix of humor in this book so I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times. It's such a fun and light read, perfect for the beach! (I do not intend any sort of pun here).

In one sentence:
"Mesmerizing! It would have you googling Greek Mythology for a while."

Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing: 5
Cover: 5
Overall Feeling: 5
Average: 5


Emidy said...

I've seen the movie previews and it didn't really seem like something I'd like. But I might enjoy the book, so I'll consider reading it! Nice review, btw!

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Book Monster said...

I have seen the movie twice, and still have not read the book. It's on my tbr pile though. Looking forward to getting around to it. Awesome review!!

lale said...

Great minds think alike, Patty... :) It came out waayyy later in Turkey so I had a chance to all of them before I saw the movie. I absolutely loved them, too- I'm a total mythology nerd and I got 99% of the references, except the lotus eaters. (That really annoyed me. :P) The thing I loved most about it was reading it to my little sis, and getting her into mythology- it's why our puppy's called Phoebe!


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