Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Lightning Thief

Ahhh now here's the adventurous romp I've been looking for. My past couple reviews have been more negative than normal, either because the story wasn't fleshed out enough or because the adventure didn't seem to matter to the story. Well, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan delivered and delivered well.

Retrieved from Goodreads
Percy Jackson is just about to be thrown out of boarding school for the sixth time in six years. But really that's the least of his problems. Gods and creatures from Greek mythology are suddenly out to get him, either to lend a helpful hand or to kill him. Mostly to kill him. He winds up going to Half-Blood Hill summer camp where he discovers he is a demigod, and has also been accused of stealing Zeus's master thunderbolt. Percy has ten days before the solstice to track down the bolt and return it to Mount Olympus, or he's toast. Accompanying him are an anxious satyr named Grover and Athena's daughter Annabeth.

Why did I enjoy this book so much? Simple - it was funny, the action sequences made sense, and I cared about the characters. And what really got me right off the bat was the fact that being a demigod wasn't exactly conducive to leading a human life. It made you dyslexic because you were hardwired to read ancient Greek. And ADHD because the demigods are more suited to being physical. So a demigod would be the kid always being kicked out of school and failing classes. That was a neat concept. The book wasn't as polished as some of Riordan's later works but I still loved it!

Goodreads Rating: 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. Right?! I loved this series so much! I actually just started re-reading it.