The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Released Date: July 1, 2005
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Pages: 384
Genre: YA, MG, Fantasy
Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians (Book 1)
Source: Borrowed
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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’s 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’s 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.


Greek Gods, monsters and a not-so-typical hero.

I had high expectations on this book, perhaps because I’ve seen the movie first? And I have this mindset that most of the books that are being adapted into a movie had made an exceptional mark on the literary world. Percy Jackson was, indeed, exceptional!

I love the book more than the movie, no surprise there really, I’ve got so used on that feeling after seeing books turn into a movie that did not successfully lived up to how great the book was, but don’t get me wrong, I liked the movie although not as much as I liked the book.

Moving on, The Lightning Thief definitely exceeds my expectations. I love the book so much that I don’t even know where to begin. I’ll just sum up everything I liked and hopefully, I make sense in here.

The concept of the story was fresh, tremendously creative and undeniably fascinating! I just love how Riordan smoothly banded these mythology beings and creatures with the day to day living. Every thing was detailed but not in a complex way, the pacing was in perfect timing and everything was balanced– the action, adventure, drama and of course the humor. Not a single page bore me. From the first chapter, there’s already something happening that will keep you engrossed into the story.

The characterization was simply wonderful. I may sound biased but Percy Jackson is my favorite character in the book and now one of my favorite literary heroes as well. He definitely broke the all-tough-and-mighty-hero mediocre. He’s actually flawed, he gets into a lot of trouble at school (like getting expelled 6 times in row), and not to mention he has ADHD and Dyslexia which is connected to him being a Demigod (half-human, half-god). Almost every kid can relate to him, he’s sensible and very human.

The Lightning Thief is a fantastic start of the series. I’m rating this 5 out of 5. I really enjoyed reading this book not only because it’s a great read but it’s a fun way of learning too. I’ve learned a lot about the ancient Greek Mythologies and stuff alike and by saying that, I HIGHLY recommend this especially to those Greek mythology junkies. I’m sure they’ll enjoy this a lot since the Gods and Goddesses (and not to mention, monsters) were in a whole new and fresh setting.


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  1. Sam

    January 6, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    I've been wanting to read this for a while and your review has convinced me to go out and buy it already!

  2. Mia

    January 6, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    @Sam: It's a real page-turner, you will not regret it. Promise 😉 Thanks for visiting on my blog!

  3. Evy

    January 10, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    I think it was my favorite young adult series read in 2010 for me ! I love this first book !

  4. Lazy Girl

    January 25, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    WOW! Very cool, I've been thinking of reading this and now I will definitely add it to my tbr pile!

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