Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians book 1
Reading Level: Middle Grade/Young Adult
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.
Percy Jackson has always been a little bit different. From having ADHD and dyslexia to seeing strange things. So when his math teacher grows wings and comes after him he thought it was all probably his imagination. He was wrong….
What a fun kick off to a series. I really didn’t know what to expect from the book other than it was worthy of a movie. I was pleasantly surprised! The story moves along quickly and there’s never a dull moment. The Greek mythology was very fun for me. Mythology is something I have always been interested in so that was a added bonus to for me.
From the very first page I loved Percy’s dry sarcastic humor. He definitely didn’t feel like a 12 year old but maybe that’s just me. All the characters brought something different to the story. They were all very well written and just generally fun.
Overall The Lightning Thief was a action packed trill ride of a middle grade book. Rick Riordan has created a world not to be missed. 3 Stars