The Lightning Thief (Book 1)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Book 1: The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

Many people love the Percy Jackson series, and I’m one of those people! They have great characters, a good plot, and jokes galore! I hope you will eventually read this series and experience the world of Percy Jackson and the Olympians! Now, unto the review……

Percy Jackson has just discovered he’s a demigod, someone who has a mortal parent and a godly parent, and is whisked away to the only safe place for his kind, Camp Half-blood. There, he trains with other demigods so they can fight off Greek monsters that constantly try to kill them. But, there is something amiss in the world of the Greeks, Zeus lightning bolt is stolen and he blames Percy for taking it! It’s up to Percy and his two friends, Grover, a satyr, and Annabeth, a demigod as well, to find Zeus lightning bolt and return it before the summer solstice.

Rick Riordan is skillful at constructing a story, especially one that appeals to middle school readers. He’s able to construct a story that is a good mix of action and dialogue, as well as some character growth. The overall plot of the story leads to somewhat of a conclusion at the end of the book as well as opening the way for a somewhat bigger story that spans all five of the books.

Now, we really get into everyone’s favorite part of the story, the characters!!! There is a whole host of characters in this story, but we will stick to the main three and a couple of others.

Percy- Gosh, I love Percy Jackson, let me tell you. He is like THE sass master. All hail Persassy *bows* Percy is one of my favorite characters in this series, not only because of the sass, but he is very relatable in many aspects. Percy has ADHD and dyslexia, and has to deal with an abusive stepfather, but Percy doesn’t let these things slow him down or hinder him. He continues to push forward to do what’s right and to help his friends.

Annabeth- She’s the nerd. I’m just gonna say it, she’s basically Hermione from Harry Potter, if Hermione liked to stab stuff with a knife and could judo flip you. I know some people find Annabeth annoying (cause sometimes she acts like a know-it-all), but I think she grows some in this book, and the other books two. Like, the kid is twelve, cut her some slack.

Grover- Ah, lovely Grover, the most lovable satyr to ever satyr. He’s very timid and doesn’t like to go into danger. But over the course of the book (and the series), he becomes a much stronger person who looks out for his friends and is even willing to put himself in danger to help them. Plus, him and Percy are total bros, they’re like my BROTP.

Chiron- He’s a centaur and he runs the camp. And yes, he is THE Chiron from the ancient myths. He’s very wise and very kind, that’s about it for now.

Luke- Just, like, why?

Clarisse-This book, I don’t really like her. Maybe next time.

Sally-Best fictional mom like EVER. I will fight you on this.

Poseidon- He tries.

Hades- Don’t worry, I love you.

Zeus- It didn’t specifically happen in this book, but mainly in every book and every myth, but keep it on your pants. Please. And stop fighting with everybody.

The writing in this book is really easy on the eyes. You don’t really have to strain yourself over it or decipher it, but it’s still engaging and doesn’t leave you bored. Plus, it’s very humorous, so I’ve caught myself laughing out loud plenty of times. And OH THE FORESHADOWING, but you won’t know that until you’ve read the entire series. All I gotta say is, well played Riordan, well played.

Overall, I think it’s a great book!! If you have time to check out a middle school read, please read this one!!

5/5 stars– would read again

Best wishes and happy reading!!

Grace 🙂


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