The Lightning Thief (The Olympians Book #1)
by Rick Riordan
read May 2009
My mom fell in love with this series and insisted that I needed to read them. We are in the middle of a move (by the way, I am not going to be homeless!!!) and most of my books are packed up. I also needed something light and easy to read, so I relented. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read them, I just had so many books ahead of them.
Percy Jackson is a troubled young boy. He has been kicked out of 6 schools in the last 6 years. He has ADHD and is dyslexic. Everywhere he goes trouble seems to follow. This year will be no different. He is expelled from Yancy Academy. He will miss his best friend Grover and his favorite teacher, Mr. Brunner, who teaches his favorite subject, Latin. He finds that dispite his dyslexia and ADHD, he excels at greek mythology. Little does he know, he is part of that same mythology…which may not be so mythological after all.
Percy, as it turns out is a godling, or a half-blood. His mother is a human and his father is one of the gods, but which? Percy finds that his best friend Grover is actually a satyr and is favorite teacher Mr. Brunner is actually Chiron, centaur trainer of heroes.
Trouble is brewing on Mt. Olympus. Someone has stolen Zeus’ lightning bolt. Percy is sent on a quest to retrive it and simmer the fight brewing amongst the gods. Along the way, he battles some monsters, makes some good friends, takes a trip to the underworld, and is part of a nationwide man-hunt.
I found this book to be creative and fun to read. It was exactly what I was looking for. I needed something light, easy and fun, and this book had all of that. Another thing I really enjoyed was the greek mythology. I remember a lot of it from school, but I found myself looking up certain names and making sure that I was pronouncing them right in my head. I thought it was very creative and unique to tie the mythology into an adventure story. I have to say, I’m not rushing out to buy the whole series, but I will read them eventually. Maybe sooner rather than later since my books are all still packed. Maybe a review of book two will be very soon in the future.
Themes- greek mythology, death, monsters, adultery
Characters- Percy Jackson, Annabeth, Chiron, Luke, Grover, “the gods”
Setting- Present day New York, Mount Olympus, Camp Half-blood
Topic- Percy Jackson is not a normal boy. He’s has ADHD and dyslexia and has been kicked out of 6 boarding school in as many years. Suddenly is apparent that Percy really isn’t normal, he is the son of a god. Quests, and adventure follow!
While I was looking up information for this book, I found out there is a movie due to be released in 2010. There are some pretty big names in it; Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, Pierce Brosnan, Melina Kanakaredes, among others. Here is the link to the IMDB page : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0814255/