Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
By Rick Riordan
Book #1 (of 5) of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Publish Date: 2013
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book #1, Camp Half-Blood Chronicles Book #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Purchase Location: Book Depository Amazon
Look I didn’t want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God.
I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing baseball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporised my maths teacher. Now I spend my time battling monsters and generally trying to stay alive.
This is the one where Zeus, god of the sky, thinks I’ve stolen his lightning bolt – and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.
The way the story is told though Percy (our protagonist) perspective, is one of my favourite ways to read a story. We get to follow along as Percy discovers himself and where he really belongs. I thoroughly enjoyed reading along as Percy discovers his half-blood status and learns how Greek mythology is woven seamlessly into western civilisation.
Throughout the story we meet characters who become an integral part of Percy’s story and his survival. We meet Chiron early on who becomes a mentor to Percy as well as Grover, Percy’s best friend and Annabeth Chase a camper who begins the book disliking Percy based solely on his parentage.
The story quickly picks up pace as Percy is attacked by a monster in his day to day life, leading his mother to take him to the only place he will be safe, a special camp for half bloods.
From this point the story snowballs and events are discovered along with different gods of the Greek mythos.
As a huge fan of Greek mythology, I loved this book, I genuinely could not put it down!
I was so interested in the plot and what was going to happen next in the story that i managed to finish the book in 4 days – during the end of term- which is an incredible feat for me!
Rick Riordan’s writing is amazing and showcases his passion for mythology as well as the thorough research that obviously went into the story. I’m already onto the next one and excited for the rest of the series to come.