Monday 29 September 2014

Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Theif

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Theif
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Pages: 377
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Release Date: March 1st 2006
Where I Got It: Chapters

Synopsis: 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.

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.


For years, this novel has been on my to-read list, and I'm so glad I took the time to read it: it was amazing. I know what you're thinking: you can like it, but it's a novel for children. And that is wrong. It is not a novel for children; I'm not a child anymore and I loved it. It was enticing and captive because it held my attention through the course of time I was reading it. When I put it down for dinner or lunch, or a trip to the store, it was on my mind the entire time!

The story was about a boy who finds out he is the son of Poseidon. His mother takes him to a camp for people like him, where they will train him to "kill" these monsters that will come after him. When I say kill, I don't actually mean kill. The monster goes back to Hades where it came from, and it may be decades, years, or months but the monster can eventually come back. Anyway, Percy goes to this camp and, I have to say this was one of my absolute favourite parts: he meets a few nice people, a few mean people. He meets this girl named Clarisse who is one of the meaner kids. He drenches her in toilet water. Honestly, any kid who had been bullied would want to read this book just for that! It made me laugh out loud. Many other scenes did too, and that's why this book is going on my favourite book list.

This book is for children to feed their imaginations, but the best part of this is adults who read this can enjoy it just as much! Adults have imaginations too; don't be afraid to use them!