Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Source: Purchased from Goodwill
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: Percy Jackson #1
Edition: Paperback, 377 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
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Rating: 4/5

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.

The book is relatively short and easy to read but don’t let that turn you off, the plot is one of sheer originality. Rick integrates Greek Mythology into the real and modern world in a seamless fashion that ensures that all makes sense without loopholes. The writing style is quick and flowing, so while it pulls you in it’s also liable to make you keep reading till it’s finished. The main characters are kind of the stereotypical trio two boys and one girl scenario where one boy is the leader, one is the goofball and the girl is the brains. It works but that aspect isn’t totally original. As I said before the plot moves rather quickly after the first few chapters of explanation so there isn’t really time for someone to become bored of it. The overall plot is entertaining and at parts even humorous.

At first I thought I wasn’t going to like it because of the way it started out and I was a little skeptical to start it because I thought that in some way it would be a Harry Potter knock off but I am happy to say I was wrong on both accounts. After the first chapter I was trapped and there was no way I was going to put it down till I finished. I love the originality of having the Greek deities and their many offspring in the modern world. It’s like having more then one Hercules, only better because I actually don’t like Hercules.

Overall I think that if someone likes fiction like Harry Potter then there is a good chance that they will enjoy this book as well. Or if you enjoy fiction with mythology then you are sure to enjoy it. I do plan  on getting the second one when I get the chance.

4 stars

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