The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

by Rick Riordan

Published by Disney Hyperion

A review by John Irvin


“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.” –Percy

            Bouncing from one boarding school to another, Percy Jackson doesn’t seem to hold any piece of good luck. But it’s not his fault really. Monsters attack him, monsters from Greek mythology—the kind that aren’t supposed to actually exist? Yes, those.

            What Percy Jackson finds out: he’s a half-blood. What’s that? Half-god-half-human. His father is Poseidon, god of the seas.

            That’s not all. Zeus’s lightning bolt has been stolen and Zeus and all the monsters on earth blame Percy. Why? Who knows, maybe they just like to pick on Poseidon’s heir.

            But Percy is not without friends. His best friend turns out to be his guardian and a satyr. The satyr takes Percy to a camp for demigods called Camp Half-Blood—who’d have thought? But, along the way, Percy’s mom is snuffed away by a Centaur to the Underworld. Can Percy bring her back? Can he and his friends retrieve the lightning bolt in time before Olympus erupts into a war that will lay havoc on Earth?

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            My friends, let me tell you, I’d seen both movies, but I’d never read the books. Yes, they’re aimed at a younger age group some would say. But when I finally picked this book up—I was hooked. The clean humour was refreshing, the exciting adventure was surprisingly thrilling, and the fact that it is actually almost nothing like the movie helped me enjoy them both separately almost as if they were their own unique worlds.

            The kids are quite young but they have an interesting view on aspects of life—probably because they see things normal humans can’t thanks to the Mist. The Mist is what masks the supernatural world from our eyes. So when there’s a giant bat-winged old woman flying overhead, we might see just a bird or some leaves rushing by or nothing at all.

            Is this a must read? Yes. I wholeheartedly say, if you want something that will snatch you away from this dreary world for a few minutes—or an hour or two or three—and just give you laughs as well as some cringing and bated breaths, this is a book you do not want to miss out on.

            So, take my recommendation and click this link to go buy it: LIGHTNING THIEF.

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