THE LIGHTNING THIEF (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #1)
Written by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney Hyperion, June 1, 2005
My star rating: 3.75 stars
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. Find it on Goodreads
Well I did it! I finally read a Percy Jackson book! And I feel like I was the last one to read it lol! I’ve had so many people screaming at me to read this and, of those people, a lot of you compared this to the “epic-ness” of Harry Potter, so I had high hopes. Let’s just say that my thoughts are conflicting.
Not that this was a bad book by any means! I actually REALLY enjoyed this! But I feel like the first and second half of the book are two separate things. The first half was a struggle for me. It was such a struggle that I actually considered DNF’ing it. I wasn’t immediately invested and I was confused and bored. It seemed to take so long to get to the point and there was so much left in the dark. I get why the book was laid out in this way though. Percy thought he was a normal kid who was struggling because he was labled as “troubled”. Getting kicked out of schools and living with a step father who was an absolute MORON! Then, when weird things start happening, he is thrust into this world he didn’t know existed. We get to follow him along this journey of discovery and, in the end, that beginning part was worth it. But as I was experiencing this book for the first time, I really didn’t like how that first part was laid out. I wasn’t invested in the characters or story, and it seemed to take so long to get to any bits of information.
Now, having said that, the second part where Percy goes on his quest – OMG it was hilarious!!! Garden gnomes, tunnels of love, gods who were biker dudes….. seriously funny!!! I loved the randomness of it all was unexpected and made me laugh and smile so hard! Once this book got going, it was such a fast paced adventure that constantly caught me off guard. It was these parts of the book that reminded me most of Harry Potter. They found themselves in crazy situations and, through some skill (but mostly luck), they found themselves miraculously escaping with their lives. It was also through these scenes that the authors writing stood out to me. He wrote in in such a way that it was easy to envision details and made my imagination go on overdrive.
I’m not sure if this is just me or not, but I had a really hard time imagining Percy as such a young boy. I can’t remember if he was supposed to be 12 or 14, but he seemed like a boy in his late teens at least. Every time his real age was mentioned I found myself annoyed thinking that he seemed to not be even close to that age. His vocabulary, his actions, and all his mannerisms seemed older. So I’ll ignore his intended age and continue to think that he is older than he is.
I will definitely be continuing on with the series. I’m hoping that now all the story set up is out of the way, it will be nothing but adventure and excitement from this point forward. I really do wish that I would have read this at a younger age as reading it in my mid 30’s might have put a damper on things.
Until next time, happy reading!