Title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 375 (Paperback)
Publication date: 2005
Age recommendation: 8
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. ~ Goodreads
Let’s face it, I’m a Rick Riordan fan. He is one of the few authors that I follow on Goodreads (btw, click here to friend me *winks*). His writing style is really entertaining and I find it very unique. I love the mystery of it all, it starts with something small and then escalates to something GINORMOUS!!! (did you know that’s a word? Spellcheck says it is…) Anyway, I have to say-for a debut novel, this is really impressive. He manages to weave a mysterious mystery around us without us knowing it! And it doesn’t take too long to get to the action, like some books do. Percy’s voice is really unique and you can see Rick’s writing style improve as well as Percy’s character throughout the series. It’s a great way to get kids (me) into greek mythology. I was OBSESSED for a couple of years…Plus, there’s PERCABETH!!! How could you ever hate a book that was the beginning of the third best ship ever created?
Aren’t they adorable?
Holding onto each other even as they fall into REDACTED!!!! BE STILL MY HEART!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, I do have one complaint. Percy would often go ‘And somehow her knew that (insert information here)’ a bit too many times. A little bit convenient.
Quotes Worthy of the Gods!
“How did you die?”
“We er….drowned in a bathtub.”
“All three of you?”
“It was a big bathtub.”
“Why can’t you place a blessing like that on us?” I asked.
“It only works on wild animals.”
“So it would only affect Percy,” Annabeth reasoned.
“Hey!” I protested.
All I could think of was that the teachers must’ve found the illegal stash of candy I’d been selling out of my dorms room. Or maybe they’d realized I got my essay on Tom Sawyer from the Internet without ever reading the book and now they were going to take away my grade. Or worse, they were going to make me read the book.
What Does the Cat Think?
I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5!
This is actually kind of a hard book to rate. The first time(s) I read it, I rated it 5 stars, but rereading it now, I would give it four. And for those of you wondering, do NOT watch the movie, it’s literally nothing like the book. Just the same names and some of the same places, there’s a reason the third movie was cancelled…