Genre: Middle-grade, Fantasy, Mythology (Greek)
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Release Date: June 28, 2005
This was a reread, and while I’d happily give the book 5 stars, I feel like my opinion may be biased so I’m not changing the rating that I’d given before.
The Lightning Thief, for me, feels like the start of an era. Rick Riordan has now written many books set in this universe, featuring different mythologies, and it all started with this one book. And what a start it is.
Percy Jackson, my absolute favourite characters, is just a 12-year-old kid in this book. He has dyslexia and ADHD, and has been labelled a troublemaker. He gets kicked out of a different school every year. And in his vacations, he has to live with his horrible stepfather who treats both Percy and his mom very poorly. Things aren’t going the best for him.
What Percy doesn’t know is that he is a half-blood, meaning he’s half human and half god. He finds this out after gets to Camp Half-blood, the only place on earth where half-blood can be safe. On getting there, he finds out that he’s being blamed for something he didn’t do. And he has to go on a quest to clear his name, and to stop a war.
It’s a lot to handle for one kid. But Percy, while not entirely enthusiastic about this turn of events, takes whatever he has to face in stride. It’s one of his best qualities.
Percy has many great qualities and he is one of the biggest reasons this book is so amazing. He’s a really good person who is also exploding with sarcasm, a brilliant combination we get to see via the hilarious narrative. Seriously, this book has one of the most engaging and entertaining narratives I’ve ever read. Add that to the fact that Greek mythology is very interesting and this book is very well-written, and you already have a great read.
Then there’s the concept. It’s so cool. A modern-day demigod, all the Greek deities in the current time. It’s so cool to read how the gods have changed with time, everything from the way they dress to their beverage choices. I love the world that Rick Riordan has created. It’s fascinating.
Overall, I love everything about this book, this series and this world. Uncle Rick has written something unique and wonderful that I truly feel is for people of all ages. Doesn’t matter if you’re eight or eighty, you should definitely read this novel. You’ll be glad for it.