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

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Published April 1st 2006 by Disney Hyperion Books | 375 pages | goodreads-badge-add-black-38px

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.

Review: 5 STARS

Percy-Jackson-percy-jackson-and-the-olympians-saga-29525836-1680-1050I think I may have been living under a rock for the past 7 years because I’d never even heard of the Percy Jackson series until this year. How? It is an absolute mystery. But I have finally picked up the first book in this series, and boy am I glad I did! For all those that are constantly looking for books that can entertain, awe and amaze them the way that Harry Potter did, then you should definitely pick this series up. The Lightning Thief is a crazy adventure into Greek mythology that will definitely excite!

When twelve year old Percy Jackson discovers that he’s no ordinary boy but actually the son of a Greek God, shit gets cray-cray. Rick Riordan creates an awesome modern world where Greek Gods exist alongside us. This was a fast and fun read that follows the Percy Jackson on his quest to retrieve Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt (and save his life). I loved the world that Rick Riordan created in this book, it was imaginative and jam packed with action! Things that I loved:

  1. The way he fit Greek mythology into the modern age, like how the Greek Gods influence western civilisation so their head quarters move to where ever the centre of Western culture is, making their new home the top of the Empire State Building! Brilliant!
  2. The modernisation of the Gods; I love that Ares is this bad ass biker dude.
  3. Blue food like blue cookies. Yum yum yum!
  4. The trio – adventurous Percy, blumbering Grover and intelligent Annabeth (remind you of another trio?) were so great together! I kind of missed just reading about adventures, friendship and quests without any hint of romance.
  5. The mini quests – especially the one with Medusa.
  6. Just everything.

tumblr_lye33rAxR91qkdmpx_zpse0ff083aSo far I really like the direction that this story is going in, it seems like something unique and that has a lot of potential! Can’t wait to read the rest of this series! The next 4 books just recently arrived in the mail so hopefully I’ll be able to get to them soon, and then I can move on to the the spin-off series The Heroes of Olympus which looks so amazing!! So excited to see what adventures Percy Jackson takes me on next šŸ™‚

If you’ve read this series, let me know what you thought of it! Does it get better or worse as it goes on? Did you love it or hate it? I would love to know!

five starsBuy book!! DO IT NOW.

Maddi

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7 thoughts on “The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

  1. I’ve read the whole series, but not till this year, so don’t worry about being behind! My favorite book in the series is Sea of Monsters, #2 – so you’re about to get into the good stuff! It lulls just a little bit in the third book, but the fourth and fifth are INCREDIBLE. All in all, I loved the whole series, and even though it’s technically “middle grade” it’s one of my favorites.

    I haven’t read the next series, though. I should get on that!

  2. I’m so excited that you’re starting this series!!! šŸ˜€ I just finished it and then finished Kane Chronicles (which is Egyptian mythology but the Greek gods are mentioned in passing). I also just read the spinoff short where Percy meets Carter. I can’t wait to start Heroes of Olympus and I wonder if Riordan will make a proper series where Percy and Carter actually work together. I love Riordan and I hope you like the rest of the series!

      • The characters are younger than the Percy Jackson series so that was something to get used to but I looooove the series! I definitely suggest it. The first book may feel a bit like ‘set up’ but the rest is just amazing.

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