Rating: 3.5 stars

“Poseidon, Earthshaker, Stormbringer, Father of horses. Hail, Perseus Jackson, Son of the Sea God.”

The Lightning Thief is the first book in Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan and is based on Greek Mythology.

Percy,  a twelve-year-old of Yancy Academy, diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD has trouble focusing on his schoolwork and has been kicked out of six schools in six years. A fatal encounter with a Fury at a school trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art alters his life altogether. After school lets out, Percy leaves for Long Island with his mother, Sally. They are visited by Grover, a Satyr, in middle of the night who warns him of impending danger and together they leave for Camp Half-Blood, a Camp for demigods. But before Percy could reach the camp they are attacked by a Minotaur which attacks Sally and she disappears with a blinding flash of light.

When, eventually, Grover and Percy manage to reach the Camp a mystery unfolds when Chiron, a Centaur, acquaints them about the missing Master Bolt of Zeus, believed to be stolen last Winter Solstice, and that they must locate it and restore it before the Summer Solstice. Together with another demigod, Annabeth, daughter of Athena, they set out on an adventurous and dangerous journey, with monsters of the Myths hindering their quest, to retrieve the Lightning Bolt.

“The symbol of his power from which all other lightning bolts are patterned.”

This is my first Rick Riordan read and I enjoyed it immensely and I wish I’d read it when I was younger. The book is a perfect blend of 21st-century western civilisation and The Greek Gods from the myths.

The characterisation, in all probability, was the strongest point of the book and I praise the author for his imagination. Grover is brave and is determined to help Percy to get through the journey alive. Percy is a sassy little kid and I enjoyed his and Annabeth’s banters. My favourite is, however, Annabeth, a brave and clever demigod, who gave me Hermione vibes.

“Even strength has to bow to wisdom sometimes.”

The Greek gods are vividly reimagined and written in a way which is true to their nature and justifies their attributes and the elements they control and command. The appearance of Poseidon, the Sea God, resembles a tourist at the sea more than a God.

“He reminded me of a beach com from Key West. He wore leather sandals, khaki Bermuda shorts and a Tommy Bahama shirt with coconuts and parrots all over it.”

I found the appearance of Ares anything but intimidating. He looked cool for the God of War.

“All conversation in the diner stopped. The motorcycle’s headlight glared read. Its gas tank had flames painted on it, and a shotgun holster riveted to either side, complete with shotguns. The guy on the bike would’ve made pro wrestlers run for Mama. He was dressed in a red muscle shirt and black jeans and a black leather duster, with a hunting knife strapped to his thigh. He wore red wraparound shades.”

Medusa, a monster, is disguised as a Middle Eastern woman wearing ‘a long black gown’ which in my opinion is offensive to Middle Eastern women or women, in general, who wear a burqa or niqaab. Riordan could’ve easily written Medusa as a white woman but instead chose to write her as Middle Eastern.

“Then the door creaked open, and standing in front of us was a tall Middle Eastern woman- at least, I assumed she was Middle Eastern, because she wore a long black gown that covered everything but her hands, and her head was completely veiled.”

The story, with an obscure and intricate world-building, was action-packed and varied between slow and fast pace. The writing style is brilliant, witty and humorous and I found myself giggling throughout the book. The plot, however, was quite predictable at times but I’d let that pass because this is a children’s fantasy and does not have to be exceedingly complex.

I cannot wait to dive deeper, literally, into the world of Percy Jackson and I recommend this book to all fantasy and Greek Mythology fanatics.

“The real world is where the monsters are. That’s where you learn whether  you’re any good or not.”

 


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30 thoughts on “PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS (#1): THE LIGHTNING THIEF by RICK RIORDAN

  1. Oo, I really want to get round to reading this sometime this year! Greek mythology is fascinating and it would be exciting to know more. I did hear a few years ago that some parts of this series is quite problematic so I’m guessing the Medusa in a burka is one of problems. Otherwise, great review, I really want to read it now! I know Athena sounds cool but I like the sound of Percy more, he seems more relatable.

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    1. I really got to know a lot about Greek mythology. I loved everything about this book except this aspect. I liked Annabeth better but, yes, Percy is a lot relatable. Can’t wait to see how you like this series!

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      1. I swear, do editors not think that they should probably not allow authors to crap like that aghhhh. I think we like who we relate to, but in real life we like who we’re opposite to… so, in real life I’d like Annabeth and you might like Percy! So excited to read this now.

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      2. If you think Percy is stupid, he’s not! He’s a real smartass! Percy and Annabeth are often compared to Harry and Hermione but he was nothing like Harry. He’s brave and kind and a real genius. Harry wouldn’t have survived without Hermione but I won’t say that for Percy.

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      3. Harry is brave and kind and a different kind of genius. Hermione is book-smart but Harry has amazing intuition when it comes to the important things. But I agree, Harry wouldn’t have survived without Hermione, he would not have remained sane and happier without Ron either though.
        Ah, so excited to read this series.

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  2. Same, it’s definitely more for middle-graders, but still super fun! And I agree, the characterizations are the best part, like the fact that the gods are portrayed as being in chill and modern dress, although it is rather unfortunate about Medusa’s portrayal considering she’s a monster. Hmm. 😦 Great review!

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  3. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief began my love for Rick Riordan books. I’m now an unashamed fan of books written for younger people 🙂 I hope you enjoy the rest of the series too.

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  4. I love the books by Rick Riordan! He is by far one of my favourite authors his books are so interesting that you just can’t put them down! I may have gotten a little carried away once whilst reading one of his books and stayed up till midnight without even realising! Well until I started cracking up laughing because of a funny part in the book and my mum came in and told me that it was midnight 😂 but yeh! Amazing post hope u do more C

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  5. I’ve read this book, and the parrallels with Harry Potter are so clear at the beginning, but I think that Percy has a lot more character written into him then Harry does, which is definately a plus. (I still can’t decide which series I like best though)

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