Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
This was a re-read. I really liked this, I forgot how good of a story it was. In someways the movie is close to the book, but for the most part it's very different. You can enjoy each as their own separate thing.
I really like how Riordan weaves his stories. Yes, the book has elements of Greek Mythology, but it's not Greek Mythology. I love the idea of camp half-blood! I also loved the interaction between Percy, Grover and Annabeth. The dialog was great and the character development was fantastic.
If you have a hard time reading books and find yourself feeling bored this is the series for you, it moves very fast and there is always more action around the corner.
It's such a fun and fast read, people of all ages can really enjoy it.
I really liked the descriptions of the camp and each of the cabins. In short, if you love Greek Myths and want a fun fast paced read, then pick up Percy Jackson today!
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Daniella7725, January 23, 2014 (view all comments by Daniella7725)
To be completely honest, this was an amazing book. The protagonist, Percy Jackson finds out he is a demigod to a powerful god, and must go on a quest to find Zeus's master lightning bolt with friends, Annabeth and Grover. The whole time, I was on the edge of my seat, inching to find out more. I instantly became in love with this series! Being in Percy's point of view, the book is quite witty and humorous, while still being adventurous and exciting! It adds a modern twist to Greek mythology. I would definitely recommend this to anybody who thinks of buying it. Reading this books have literally changed the way I think!
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BethanyP, May 30, 2013 (view all comments by BethanyP)
This is the only book I read in this series, but I really enjoyed it. It is meant more for children, but I read this as a senior in high school and enjoyed it. I would recommend reading it before seeing the movie. I thought the characters were fun, as was the plot line.
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nessa.hough, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by nessa.hough)
I always loved things that were science fiction and fantasy. I also find Greek myths fascinating. Percy Jackson and the Olympians is and amazing book for just about anyone as long as there 5+. This book would also work as a bedtime story for young children, especially since PJO was first a bedtime story for Rick Riordan's son. Love this book.
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imaswimer21, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by imaswimer21)
Gotta love Rick Riordan. I've read all his books except for the 39 clues series. I keep coming back to the Lightening Thief. I've probably read this book 3-4 times and I love it everytime. I highly recommend reading it if you haven't already.
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Percy Jackson is not normal. He's got ADHD and attention deficit, and he's been kicked out of every school he's ever attended. Now he discovers he's a half blood: half human, half Olympian god. But his problems are only beginning. Someone has stolen Zeus's thunderbolt — and Percy's being blamed.
by Kathy H
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"A clever concept drives Riordan's highly charged children's book debut (the first in a series): the Greek Gods still rule, though now from a Mt. Olympus on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building, and their offspring, demigods, live among human beings. Narrator Percy Jackson thinks he's just another troubled 12-year-old, until he vaporizes his math teacher, learns his best friend, Grover, is a satyr and narrowly escapes a minotaur to arrive at Camp Half-Blood. After a humorous stint at camp, Percy learns he's the son of Poseidon and embarks on a quest to the Underworld with Grover and Annabeth (a daughter of Athena) to resolve a battle between Zeus and Poseidon over Zeus's stolen 'master' lightning bolt. Without sacrificing plot or pacing, Riordan integrates a great deal of mythology into the tale and believably places mythical characters into modern times, often with hilarious results (such as Hades ranting about the problem of 'sprawl,' or population explosion). However, on emotional notes the novel proves less strong (for example, Percy's grief for his mother rings hollow; readers will likely spot the 'friend' who betrays the hero, as foretold by the Oracle of Delphi, before Percy does) and their ultimate confrontation proves a bit anticlimactic. Still, this swift and humorous adventure will leave many readers eager for the next installment. Ages 10-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by School Library Journal (Starred Review),
"An adventure-quest with a hip edge."
"Riordan's fast-paced adventure is fresh, dangerous, and funny."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"The sardonic tone of the narrator's voice lends a refreshing air of realism to this riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty."
"One could easily compile a grocery list of Harry Potter likenesses....Imitation aside, Riordan is a talented, funny writer."
by New York Times Book Review,
"He has a knack for showing readers a crazy good time."
by Horn Book Magazine,
"Packed with humorous allusions to Greek mythology...along with rip-snorting action sequences, this book really shines."
by Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl,
"A fantastical blend of myth and modern."
Classic Greek mythology is mixed with modern adventure in this brand-new, action-packed series. After learning he is a demigod, Percy Jackson is sent to a summer camp on Long Island, where he meets the father he never knew — Poseidon, God of the Sea.
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