Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Once again he’s about to be kicked out of school and if that wasn’t bad enough, his math teacher just turned into a hideous monster and tried to kill him. Percy is about to learn that the Greek gods he’s always believed were a myth are real, and that he isn’t a normal boy, but a half-blood, the child of a mortal and a god. In order to stop a disastrous war between the gods, Percy will have to go on a dangerous quest to retrieve Zeus’s most prized possession, his master lightning bolt.
“With a yelp, I dodged and felt talons slash the air next to my ear. I snatched the ballpoint pen out of the air, but when it hit my hand, it wasn’t a pen anymore. It was a sword…”
I’ve found my new obsession in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians. In this first installment, The Lightning Thief, Riordan works magic, infusing Greek mythology in an exciting coming-of-age story. I’m so glad I finally picked up the first book in this beloved series. I loved that Riordan introduces a protagonist who struggles with dyslexia and ADHD. Percy is not known for his good grades and is prone to getting into fights. This new journey offers him a chance to harness his best characteristics, his tenacity and bravery, while also giving him an opportunity to find out more about the father he has never known. Accompanying Percy on his quest is his best friend Grover and fellow half-blood Annabeth. Both characters have their own motivations and personal journeys that I look forward to reading more about in the next books.
The Lightning Thief is a fun introduction, full of legendary players come to life. The gods are just as temperamental as the stories indicate: their power is frightening, their methods questionable, and their arrogance without equal. The gods are not the only creatures from Greek mythology that make their presence known in this story. Medusa, centaurs, nymphs, and the Fates also make appearances in this action-packed adventure. From the depths of the Underworld to the sky-scraping Mount Olympus, The Lightning Thief promises bigger and more frightening expeditions for Percy Jackson and his friends. I look forward to meeting other half-bloods and mythical creatures, exploring Percy’s abilities, and finding out just what kind of power lurks behind the scenes, pulling the strings of the villains. If you have never had the pleasure of reading the series, I highly recommend giving this first one a shot.