Percy Jackson and the lightning thief by Rick Riordan

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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

I LOVE greek mythology. Always have, always will. That’s actually why I picked up this book. It is a great story about Greek Mythology, Family, and Friendship. An adventure full of Gods and Goddesses, magic, monsters and battles. This book has excellent gender equality, so it appeals to both younger girls and boys. Goddesses are just as cool as Gods, and their children are equally badass. This is rarely the case in teen adventure books/movies etc.

This is a perfect book for young teenagers. if you were trying to devise a formula for writing a perfect book for this age group, you could not have  done much better than this. For adults/older tennagers, if you don’t like archetypes and standard story archetypes, you may find this a bit predictable in certain parts. Remember that it’s written for young readers.

What I absolutley love about this book are the carachters. They are funny, relatable, and have depth! Percy tends to fall into a few jams because he doesn’t think things through. He’s twelve so I suppose he gets some slack for that but then he also does some smart things so judge it as you will. So many books have one-dimentional characters that have no humanity, no feeling. I love the whole Greek mythology aspect of the book. Learning about Greek mythology was so much fun and really intriguing and interesting. The imagery was great, it really paints a picture of the setting in your mind. The writing was witty and spun in a way to make you guess, theorize, and infer. I love the modern take on these Greek myths and legends. It was hilarious reading of Ares in his more humane form. The humor aspect didn’t disappoint. Mount Olympus and the Underworld were written and described wonderfully.

As much as I enjoyed this book I can’t give it more than three planets. Yes, it was amazing and yes it never disappointed but for some reason the story just didn’t stick with me. I didn’t get the feeling I usually get when I read. The I-can’t-stop-reading-no-matter-what feeling. It was a fun and exciting book to read but it didin’t “wow” me. I don’t know, maybe it’s because everyone loves this book and only talks good about it that I had higher expectations but I thought it would be different than it was. On the other, hand my friend loves this book. She absolutely adores the series and has re-read all the books a couple of times so maybe for you this’ll be your next favorite book. I guess this is the kind of book you just have to read it to find out.

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