Monday, August 05, 2013

review: THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Rick Riordan

Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Disney: Miramax Books
Released: June 28, 2005
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 375

Rating: Didn't like it

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.

My Thoughts
The book didn’t do much for me, but the movie was surprisingly good. It follows the book almost exactly, but seeing it in the visual medium made it much more appealing, though still not a favorite. As much as I love stories about the Greek pantheon, I don’t think I will be continuing with this series.

Percy Jackson shares many traits with Harry Potter, a young man who has no idea of his family legacy and is thrust into a new, fantastical life. Riordan knew what he was doing when he wrote this book, and kids keep eating it up because he included so many things that kids love: a sympathetic hero, fantasy, adventure, courage, and, of course, a strange but very cool best friend.

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