Title: The Lightning Thief
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Release Date: March 1, 2006
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.
“The sea does not like to be restrained. ”
I'm a huge lover of Greek mythology. I knew this book was based on it which was good enough reason for me to start reading it.
Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old who's having a hard time at school. This is not the first time he has had problems. He has been moved from school to school. Something always seems to go wrong for him and being bullied is not unusual either. Percy's only friend is a kid named Grover.
Unluckily, after a series of events, he's once again dismissed from school and when he goes back home, he has to deal with his mother (whom he loves) and his stepfather (whom he hates). This is when his life becomes even more enigmatic. It turns out that his mom has never told him the truth about his father and in order for him to survive he must go to Camp Half-Blood.
Because Percy is not only human. He's a demigod. He's the son of Poseidon and everyone wants a piece of him.
You see, the three big gods (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades) made a promise not to make any new children/heroes with mortals. Yet, Poseidon has broken the promise by fathering Percy. Not only that, but someone has stolen things from Zeus and Hades and war is brewing unless Percy finds the items and delivers them to their rightful owners. Fortunately, he won't go alone on this quest. Annabeth Chase (daughter of Athena) and Grover (a satyr) will travel with him.
What entails is a non-stop action-packed story. The trio will have to fight to keep themselves alive from those who want to stop Percy from finding the items and preventing the war between the gods.
I had fun reading The Lightning Thief. Percy is a very likable character. He's funny, loyal and he uses his brain to get out of dangerous situations.
Annabeth is a fighter. She doesn't like Percy at first but he grows on her. By the end, they have begun a cool friendship.
“What if it lines up like it did in the Trojan War ... Athena versus Poseidon?""I don't know. But I just know that I'll be fighting next to you."
"Because you're my friend, Seaweed Brain. Any more stupid questions?”
Grover was clueless but he had a good heart and he wanted to help Percy as much as he could.
I can see why everyone like these books. I just wished they had been around when I was a teenager.