Saturday, March 13, 2010

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Book #1)
Written By: Rick Riordan
January 2010
Hyperion Books
Ages: 9-12
Pages: 375

Percy Jackson has been kicked out of six boarding schools in six years, and he has no idea why. Despite his desperate attempts to behave, he always ends up making trouble. Like obliterating his Algebra Teacher on a museum fieldtrip when she turns into a mythical Fury from Hell sent by Hades to destroy him. After this upsetting incident and after the end of the year tests, Percy travels home to his mother and his rotten stepfather and goes on a nice summer trip with his mother to a cottage by the ocean. But things go from bad to worse when Percy, his mother and his best friend (who just HAPPENS to be a satyr) are chased to a summer camp for demi-gods (half-gods Half humans)by a Minotaur. Percy experiences the unimaginable when it seems as if the characters from his ancient greek myths are coming to life. And to top things off, somehow Percy has made the gods angry and Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. With help from his friends, Grover (the satyr) and Annabeth (the daughter of Athena) have ten days to find the master bolt, or be the cause of an all out war on mount olympus. In their adventures, Percy and his friends meet the god of war, A medusa, and a chihuaua that can change into a creature that is more fearsome than they care to encounter. Percy also discovers that Poseidon, the God of the Sea, is his father.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
I have always been a fan of greek myths and fantasy stories and I think anyone who has even the vaguest interest in these subjects would love this book. It has all sorts of interesting creatures and greek gods packed into the setting of modern day New York.
What Problems do you see arising from reading this book?
This book contains villains, most of which meet violent and unpleasant ends. Some children might be uncomfortable with the violence found in this book.
What was your reaction?
I started reading this book because I'd heard it was very good from several different people. I also really wanted to see the movie and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I absolutely love this book. It has everything I look for in a novel and I would reccommend it to anyone who mentioned it or asked about it.

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely love how you do your reviews (and I'm glad you liked this book. I think this series is awesome). I honestly don't know why more people are not subscribed to your blog (though it is really hard to read the text, at least from my computer. Just FYI).