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Review: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

The Lightning Thief  - Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

by Rick Riordan

  • Pub. Date: May 5, 2009
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Format:NOOK Book
  • Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
  • ISBN-13: 9781423131892
  • ISBN: 1423131894


I love mythology, especially Greek mythology, so I was intrigued by this book and even more so when I heard there was going to be a movie adaptation, which meant the book had to be good, right?

Well, I gave the book a chance and it was quite enjoyable. The story is very fast paced so it was easy and fun to read. There was a couple of times I laughed out loud.


Given that this is a book for juveniles I think Riordan did a good job keeping the story entertaining for all ages of readers.  The main character, Percy Jackson, is 12 years-old so there were some moments where the characters were acting like children, but there was not a moment where Riordan dumbed down the characters or the writing.

Favorite quote in which Chiron is explaining how the gods are very much alive today:

"And yes, Percy, of course they are now in your United States. Look at your symbol, the eagle of Zeus. Look at the statue of Prometheus in Rockefeller Center, the Greek facades of your government buildings in Washington. I defy you to find any American city where the Olympians are not prominently displayed in multiple places. Like it or not— and believe me, plenty of people weren't very fond of Rome, either— America is now the heart of the flame."


The Lightning Thief was a fun adventure to read.