Books

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan | Percy Jackson and The Olympians

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Greek mythology can listen about it for ages. I read The Lightning Thief and the rest of the Percy Jackson books back when I was graduating high school and I have very fond memories of them and love rereading them, so I figured it’s time to give them each a spot on my blog.

As usual, the review might contain spoilers.

The Synopsis:

Percy is a good kid who struggles with focusing on his school work and being at boarding school does not make things much easier for him – especially when his algebra teacher almost kills him. That’s a pivotal moment in his life because that’s when his mom chooses to tell him the truth and take him to the one place that she knows he’ll be safe at. Sally sends Percy to Camp-Half Blood, the home for demigods on Long Island where he learns the truth about his father and takes the first steps into his new life of a hero.


My Thoughts:

What I liked about this book: First and foremost – I love how accessible this book is. The story is definitely easy to keep track of and I found it very exciting to revisit old stories that I have read about and read the new twist about them. The way everything is introduced is very casual which for me makes it all the more exciting – from learning that Mr. D is actually Dionisius, to going to the Underworld through a passage near Hollywood, to going to the garden center and casually encountering Medusa! I love how the dynamic between Percy, Annabeth and Grover is developed. I think Percy is one of the heroes who I loved from the very start, especially how devoted and loyal he is, but also has a zero-fucks-given attitude towards some things (A true Leo king). 

Most importantly, this book reps ADHD and dyslexia and I absolutely love it.

This book is definitely Middle-Grade and aimed at this age audience but I think people at any age could enjoy the series. 

What I didn’t like about this book: From where I stand today, I did not like how they treated Medusa but unfortunately, this treatment of Medusa has been consistent in pop culture. 

A Quote: “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.”
“Why?”
“Because you’re my friend, Seaweed Brain. Any more stupid questions?”

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Have you heard about the Disney+ adaptation of Percy Jackson and are you going to watch it?

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