After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There’s little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.
This first installment of Rick Riordan’s best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.
Percy Jackson is a book that I’m struggling to rate because I loved it I did but also I felt a bit unimpressed while being impressed while being a bit old? Okay this review has gotten off to a rocky start.
Percy Jackson is a middle grade staring Percy a boy who has been to 6 schools in 6 years and is always getting in trouble or really trouble is always finding him. From evil math teachers to a hell hound and centaurs there is so much mythology I could explode with happiness.
I LOVED all the mythology, all the Greek gods, all the monsters it was just awesome to read about and learn about these creatures and their relation to each other.
Percy gets expelled from school once again and discovers why all these things keep happening to him, he’s a Demi god, a half human half Greek god. His Dad is Poseidon God of the Sea and he’s going to camp Half Blood. Camp Half Blood is a summer camp for well half blood humans ranging from Children of Athena to Ares offspring.
The World building is really well done, as the world is stacked on top of our modern day life it was really easy to believe that maybe there is a Mount Olympus atop the empire state building and hey there could be monsters everywhere and I just can’t see through the mist. Like Harry Potter I love fantasy’s that stack on top of modern day because it’s fun to think what may be happening that you just can’t see because of your mortal eyes.
I should have read this when I was younger that a given, young me would have loved Percy and admired Annabeth. Me now does admire Annabeth’s character and Percy but I don’t feel the connection so many other readers have because it is middle grade and quite simplistic.
I give The Lightning Thief 3/5 stars because it is fast paced, beautifully imagined, with some really great characters that I can’t wait to see grow and change as the books go along.