Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What if one day you discovered that your long-absent father—who you’ve only been told is “lost at sea”—was actually the Greek god Poseidon? That’s the thrilling premise of the first installment of Rick Riordan’s action-packed Percy Jackson series. Teen misfit Percy struggles to make peace with his new identity as a demigod—and embarks on a dangerous quest to recover a lightning bolt that’s been taken from Zeus. The Lightning Thief is a smart pageturner that weaves together clever mythological references with relatable lessons about the importance of family and friendship.
A clever concept drives Riordan's highly charged children's book debut (the first in a series): the Greek Gods still rule, though now from a Mt. Olympus on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building, and their offspring, demigods, live among human beings. Narrator Percy Jackson thinks he's just another troubled 12-year-old, until he vaporizes his math teacher, learns his best friend, Grover, is a satyr and narrowly escapes a minotaur to arrive at Camp Half-Blood. After a humorous stint at camp, Percy learns he's the son of Poseidon and embarks on a quest to the Underworld with Grover and Annabeth (a daughter of Athena) to resolve a battle between Zeus and Poseidon over Zeus's stolen "master" lightning bolt. Without sacrificing plot or pacing, Riordan integrates a great deal of mythology into the tale and believably places mythical characters into modern times, often with hilarious results (such as Hades ranting about the problem of "sprawl," or population explosion). However, on emotional notes the novel proves less strong (for example, Percy's grief for his mother rings hollow; readers will likely spot the "friend" who betrays the hero, as foretold by the Oracle of Delphi, before Percy does) and their ultimate confrontation proves a bit anticlimactic. Still, this swift and humorous adventure will leave many readers eager for the next installment. Ages 10-up.
I love Greek mythology and was hesitant to read this series because I've seen Hollywood mess up the stories too many times. However, Rick Riordan has a light playful touch with the classic tales and updates them into modern day. The "what if" question is what if Greek gods were real and what if your hero were sired by a Greek god? Riordan has a lot of fun with this premise and sets up the idea of the monsters as being primordial forces that can't really die. They just are banished for awhile. This allows him to use the big baddies such as Medusa and the Minotaur.
He also sets up the idea that the gods follow western civilization, so Mount Olympus is no longer in Greece, but instead is in New York City over the Empire State Building. similarly the entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles. That's a nice sense of humor. The gods and goddesses also keep up with the times as Zeus is in a pinstriped suit and Poseidon wears Hawaiian shirts and shorts. The characterizations are great, the plot goes at a quick pace and Greek mythology is introduced in an entertaining way.
My son loves the series and I have to say it is one of the best middle grade series I have ever read.
I'm obsessed with this series reading the first book was fantastic I couldn't put it down then I kept reading it I loved it that much I read it 26 times literally then I found out there were more books I read the series 6 times intense adventure drama comedy this book has everything it beats Harry potter hands down!
The first couple pages of the book may seem a bit dull but once you get past that it's a really great book and you won't be able to put it down. Check it out.