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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians 
Book 1
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Publication Date: April 2006
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Pages: 375
Buy: The Book Depository

Book Description: 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.

I have to admit that with this, I watched the movie before I read the book. (In my defense I didn’t know it was a book before I watched the movie). Nevertheless it had been on my tbr pile for a while but I never found the time to buy it. But with the constant nagging by my dear friend, Isis, and finding it for $0.99 at Salvation Army, I knew I had to get it and start reading it that night.

I love reading books that incorporate mythology and I loved this book from the get go. It was action packed and intriguing. There was still a mystery to it and in many instances I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next, which I love. The movie adaptation was had a lot of differences that I weren’t expecting. It took out a lot of character development for Annabeth and especially Grover which I loved reading about. I also noticed that the overlying plot that open the book up for the series wasn’t even mentioned in the movie. (Overall the book was so much better).

While this book is for young adults, I did really enjoy it. It was unique and different and very well written. It was a fast and fun read and I think would be very enjoyable for tweens looking to read books with mythology and action (that isn’t all about the romance which I feel a lot of YA books have). What I really loved about the writing was how easy it was to fall into the story. It was fast and fun and the descriptions on characters (looks, personality, history, etc.) were well done and not bogged down in long, boring paragraphs.

I am very happy to have picked up this book and read it. I plan to read the rest of the series as well as read Riordan’s other series. Especially the egyptian mythology series because that is my favorite pantheon.

My Rating: ★★★★