The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan was a welcome series to my book collection. I had just finished reading Harry Potter after many many years of loving it and I needed something new. The Lightning Thief was a great substitute.
The idea behind Riordan’s book was not only creative but super fun. The Greek Gods rule from a new Mt. Olympus on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building, and their children, demigods, live on earth with the humans. Percy Jackson (the main character) a 12-year-old whose trying to find his place in the world, makes several discoveries in one day. First, he’s a demigod, he vaporizes his teacher, learns his best friend, Grover, is a satyr and escapes a minotaur to arrive at Camp Half-Blood. Percy soon learns he’s the son of Poseidon and goes on a quest to the Underworld with Grover and Annabeth (a daughter of Athena) to return Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt.
Riordan puts a large amount of mythology into the story and believably places mythical characters into modern times.
However, their ultimate confrontation proves a bit anticlimactic. Still, The Lightning Theif is a great first book to the series and many will love to continue it asap. Ages 10-up.
4.5 out of 5 stars
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