Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Title: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 377
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

 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.

 Description from Goodreads.com
People have people have been telling me to read this book for a long while. I'm glad I finally did it lived up to its hype and my expectations of it.

When I first picked up this books I wasn't sure if I would like I knew everyone was raving about it  saying to just give it a try. But I held off from reading it for the longest of times because I wasn't sure I would like a book with a main character being a 12 year old boy. I can tell you after reading this books that it is not an issue. The book is fun and engaging and a overall quick read.

I love Greek mythology and that is a very present theme in this book. Rick Riordan puts more shape and story to the Greek myths. And I could see for one who does not like Greek myths that this could be a great way to get to like them or to learn about them.

One thing that I think really makes this books is Percy Jackson the main character. He is surprisingly mature for someone his age and he has the best sarcasm and wit in what he does and says. He is a strong character but also gives some comic relief in the more stressing times of the books.

One thing that I wasn't too sure about in the book was the relationship between Annabeth, Grover and Percy I found it was lacking a bit of depth there supposed to be best friends but sometimes I just didn't see it. They where more like 3 strangers that got along well. Which I guess is kind of the case at the beginning. That's just one thing that I thought. It did improve by the end of the book and I'm hoping the next books will make them closer as friends.

The adventure of the book and its characters kept me thoroughly entertained and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a light yet action packed read with lots of depth to it yet still some comedy.

Rating: 3 and 1/2 or 4 stars.

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

“How did you die?"
"We er....drowned in a bathtub."
"All three of you?"
"It was a big bathtub.”

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.”
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

I gave her my deluxe I'll-Kill-You-Later stare.” 
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
“I said hello to the poodle.”
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

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