Title – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
Author – Rick Riordan.
Publisher – Disney Hyperion Books.
Publication date – 1st March 2006.
Series status – First book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
‘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. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.’
This book exceeded all my expectations. I’m late to the Percy Jackson party and I wish I’d read it sooner but I’m here now!
This book started out weird (the good kind) and just got weirder as the story progressed. I loved learning about Greek mythology, I didn’t know much about it so it was interesting. There was a lot of mystery packed in but I loved finding out the situation along with Percy.
Camp Half Blood was so cool! I can’t wait to see where these books take me and I’m excited to learn about all the different places and characters. Throughout the book I was hanging on every word and I had to keep turning the pages to find out what happened next.
There were quite a few different themes in this first book. Percy learned of his true identity as a demigod, where as before he thought he was a bad kid who wasn’t special in any way. Percy learned his Dyslexia and ADHD were normal for demigods. Throughout the book, Percy accepted who he was and continued to discover more about himself and his world.
We also see how much Percy cared about and loved his mother. This kept him going during the tough challenges he faced throughout his quest. We also Saw how much he growed to care about Annabeth and Grover .
Percy was a great character who seemed to have the worst but also the best luck. All the monsters that came after him and he hasn’t died yet. He liked to push his luck especially with the Gods but he developed throughout the book and proved his worth. Although, not without making some enemies along the way.
I was a bit iffy about Annabeth to begin with. I didn’t feel all that connected with her up until they went on the quest. By the end of the book I loved her and I’m excited to see how she progresses in the next book.
Clarisse was a total bully but there’s something about her I liked. I’ve not quite figured that out yet but I’ll let you know when I do! We didn’t get to see much of her in this book so I’m looking forward to seeing what‘ll happen with her in the books to come.
Grover was adorable! He definitely proved himself throughtout the quest. Although he was a bit scatty and nervous he wanted to protect Percy and prove he was brave enough.
I enjoyed this first book in the series and I’m excited to see where these books will go. The characters were all well-developed and the plot was exciting and fast paced. I found the books hard to put down and I hope that carries on in the remaining books.