Book Review: The Lightning Thiefーby Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief

Paperback, First edition, 375 pages

Series: Percy Jackson and The Olympians #1

Published: March 01, 2006 (First Published June 28, 2005)

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books

Ratings: 5 Printsprint 5

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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.

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians had been the best series I’ve read. It was my childhood. It made me read more books than I expect myself to. With this book, I started reading. I’ve finished the whole seriesーincluding the Heroes of Olympusーjust last year. Now that I lack books to read, I decided to re-read it and share my thoughts.
The Lightning Thief is a book about a twelve-year-old boy named Percy Jackson. He had been kicked out from six schools for six years. Now, Percy had to study at Yancy Academy where he met a friend with a “meaty legs” disorder named Grover and a latin and greek teacher named Mr. Brunner who strolls around with a wheel chair.

Things aren’t what they were and Percy thought he began hallucinating things like his pre-algebra teacher named Mrs. Dodds became a shriveling old hag with bat wings and three ancient-looking old ladies were weaving an enormous sock. Ever since the unexpected fight with Mrs. Dodds, Percy had not been doing well at school. He even called one of his teachers “old sot” even though he had no idea what it meant.

Percy got kicked out from his school. Now Grover and Mr. Brunner were worried. He went to their apartment to see his obnoxious stepfather, Gabe Ugliano, play poker with his buddies while his mother, Sally Jackson, do all the work. Ever since his mother married to Gabe, life had been tough. They even need to deal with his smell. Percy even called him “Smelly Gabe” when he was a kid because Gabe really smell.

Percy and Sally decided to take a break and visit the place where Sally and Percy’s father had met. That’s when she brought up a summer camp and he saw that his best friend Grover wasn’t normal. Percy and Sally fled with Grover just to be attacked by a Minotaur.

Ever since Percy went to Camp Half-Blood (a summer camp for special people), things got weird. Especially when he met Mr. Brunner and found out the most shocking news. He was never Mr. Brunner. His real name is Chiron, a half-man, half-white stallion.

A highly suggested book for everyone! It might be a book written for young readers, I am certain that older readers might love it too. I’ve learned so much about Greek mythology with the help of this book.

It’s such a fascinating story of the adventure of two young demigods and a satyr. If you are willing to risk your beating heart for such thrilling adventure, fighting monsters and discovering betrayals, this book will definitely fit you.

Believe me, the book is so awesome that you will have troubles putting it down to pee.

Don’t believe me? Here, have some blue cookies to boost yourself while you read the book.

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